“We hardly see each other. When she calls us, we utilise those precious moments very well. The only time she comes back to Kuching is when there is some official event. Even then she would return to Kuala Lumpur on the same day.
"I understand she has to go through a strict training regime; so we can’t be calling her all the time. As a father I am proud that she has gone this far in her career, but at the same time I am also sad that I can't spend time with my daughter like I used to,” said Pamg.
Pamg said he has passed on his own father's advice to Pandelela; telling her to always plan ahead, whether in life or in competition, like how his father have told him.
“I want her to keep moving forward. An Olympic bronze is nothing to boast about. She must go further. And I believe she will go further - just like she has done all this time," said Pamg.
While Malaysia fetes, rewards and applauds Pandelela, Pamg wish is more simple.
“I don’t ask for much; I hope the sports council gives her some leave so she could come back to Kuching and spend time with us,” said Pamg.
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