KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA has paid tribute to the Malaysian badminton mixed doubles pair for winning a silver medal at the Olympics, which is the first for Malaysia in the event.
Its president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) also lauded cyclist Azizulhasni Awang for getting the bronze medal, another first, in the keirin event.
Liow said he was “deeply disappointed” with certain press reports for their negative coverage of Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon.
“I am disappointed with their comments. It’s utter rubbish. The pair did Malaysia proud by winning us a medal,” he said.
He said the mixed doubles pair had gone to the Olympics without anyone predicting they would even win a medal.
The two, he said, had performed beyond expectations and faced a top ranked opponent in the final.
He said the entire country cheered for the pair.
“Our badminton team has managed to unite the entire country. All Malaysians regardless of their race and religion are behind our team.”
Liow said in a statement that he had followed the comments posted on Facebook on the coverage of these media and that he was glad their readers were upset with their slant.
He said once again Malaysians had lived up to their patriotic spirits.
“It is surely not true that they let down Malaysians by not winning the gold medal.
“It’s the media concerned who let themselves down with their unrealistic and negative expectations.”
Liow said the MCA would honour them and that the party would discuss how they should be rewarded.
He said the MCA would also reward Azizulhasni for his triumph.
“They are the epitome of the gritty Malaysia Boleh spirit,” he added.
Liow said the quest for the gold medal had not ended and urged Malaysians, including the media, to encourage the badminton players.
“Be positive and supportive. Malaysians must unite. I’m anxiously waiting for the first gold medal,” he said.