Penang plans special gift for squash queen Nicol

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 Dec 2005

PENANG: The state government intends to give Nicol David something special for bagging the prestigious World Squash Open championship title. 

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, however, declined to reveal what he had in mind.  

“It's something encouraging. We do not want to spoil her,” he said.  

The 22-year-old Penangite beat world number two Rachael Grinham on Sunday.  

Dr Koh said the state wanted Nicol “to be an inspiration to all young Malaysians”. 

“Her victory shows the Malaysia Boleh spirit.  

“The most important aspect was her fighting spirit. This is what all others must emulate.”  

At the Dewan Rakyat, Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang tabled a motion to congratulate Nicol and the Malaysian SEA Games contingent which had won 61 gold medals. 

In Petaling Jaya, MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said Nicol's victory and achievement would spur Malaysians to work harder.  

He added that the wing’s Sports Bureau hoped to invite Nicol to help motivate youths to be active in sports. 


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