Malaysia’s Pocket Rocket tells MB: “Thanks for Nothing”
TOGOPARTS EDITORIAL TEAM | 19th August 2016 | NEWS
Malaysia’s first Olympic track cycling medalist hopes criticism serves as a wake-up call.
Shortly after winning the first Olympic track cycling medal for the country, national cyclist Azizulhasni Awang aka the “Pocket Rocket” made a sarcasm-laden Facebook post, thanking Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, who offered no state aid to Awang and fellow National cyclist Fatehah Mustapa during their preparation for the Olympics. Both Azisulhani and Fatehah trained for the event in Melbourne, Australia
“To the Terengganu menteri besar Datuk Ahmad Razif, Fatehah and I still want to thank you though you refused to help me and Fatehah, both Terengganu natives who fought at the World and Olympic levels,”
“Thank you for not buying us a ‘Roadbike’ for us to use in preparation for the Olympic Games despite a proposal being sent about a year ago prior to the Rio Olympics.
“Thank you too for not giving us any feedback and staying silent when my manager called you. For your knowledge Datuk MB, Fatehah and I who are world and Olympic-class athletes have always been overlooked by you Datuk MB. Maybe it is because of the fact that we trained overseas,” wrote Azizulhasni on his Facebook page as a response to Ahmad Razif’s congratulatory message.
“Thank you Azizulhasni, who never tires in carrying the Malaysia spirit to the world stage. Thank you also to all the coaches and their families. The Terengganu people are proud with the Pocket Rocket Man!,” said Ahmad Razif as quoted by the national news agency Bernama.
A Wakeup Call
Azizulhani hopes that his recent message to the Mentri Besar would be taken as a wakeup call, and that his crticism will help the authorities “open their eyes” and provide more support to state athletes in the future.
Azizulhani won the bronze medal by placing third place, finishing behind Jason Kenny from Britain and Matthijs Buchli from the Netherlands. His bronze medal is Malaysia’s second Olympic medal from the Rio Olympics, and the first track cycling medal ever for the country.