Defence Ministry claims never sponsored solo runner Suwaibah
The Defence Ministry clarified today that it never sponsored the RM4 million required by national woman solo runner Maj (Hon) Dr Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir for her mission to conquer the world’s 30 tallest towers.
The Office of the Defence Minister said today neither Mohamad Sabu nor the ministry had provided the sponsorship.
The ministry only extended support for Suwaibah’s efforts to run up the towers, it said in a statement.
The statement did not specify the type of support extended to Suwaibah but said the ministry was prepared to support good work done by anyone.
“It is unfair for any athlete to blame the support for Suwaibah as biased if they themselves have never met and obtained the support of the Defence Ministry and the defence minister,” it said.
On Feb 7, Suwaibah said she needed about US$1 million (about RM4 million) to complete her humanitarian mission to conquer 30 of the world’s tallest towers.
She had said the money was necessary to meet the high cost of the mission, including for lodging, airfare, visa applications and other related matters.
However, her request came under fire from several Malaysians who claimed that RM4 million was an unreasonable sum for the venture.