PUTRAJAYA (Aug 17, 2012): Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg was honoured as the Young Woman Icon by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry today.

 The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said Pandelela is a role model to the younger generation as she has attained local and international success by winning the bronze medal in the recent Olympics in London.

Noorul said the ministry has planned for various programmes, including a nationwide roadshow, which will be arranged according to the suitability of Pandalela's timing and with the blessings of her parents.

Noorul said Pandelela's parents will also be roped into the ministry's efforts to promote family values.

"Pandelela's success is also due to her parents encouragement and sacrifices. We are trying to promote the importance of family institution for the success of a child.

"Pandelela's parents have been encouraging and guiding her since she was young to ensure that she becomes successful," she said in a press conference during Pandelela's visit to the ministry today.

Also present were Pandelela's parents, Hartini Lamim and Pamg ak Joheng.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak honoured Pandelela at his office.

It was reported that as a token of the government's appreciation, Najib presented the national champion with RM300,000, comprising RM100,000 under the National Sports Council (NSC) prize scheme and RM200,000 worth of shares in Amanah Saham Wawasan.

He also presented a scholarship offer from Yayasan Cemerlang for her to pursue a degree of her choice at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak.

When asked if the ministry will be awarding Pandelela for her win, Noorul said it has not been discussed by the ministry yet.

Pandelela said she is grateful for the Young Women icon honour by the ministry.

"I was just informed about this and I am excited because I am still young and there is a lot for me to learn," she said.

The 19-year-old Bidayuh girl attained 359.20 points in the 10m platform event at the recent 2012 London Olympics.

Source : The Sun Daily

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