PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin paid tribute to badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei and congratulated him for a job well done.
“No one will know what it feels like to be @LeeChongWei right now. No one. Send him your support, your love & your thanks,” the Youth and Sports Minister said in a tweet moments after the match between Chong Wei and China’s Chen Long ended.
Khairy also said that Malaysian athletes at the Rio Olympics had done the nation proud.
“Now we plan for Tokyo 2020. We begin today,” he said.
“I want to pay tribute to @shaberyc (Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, former Youth and Sports Minister) for starting the Road to Rio programme four years ago leading to our success. Laid the foundation well,” he added.
Khairy, like many other Malaysians, took to social media moments after the conclusion of the match last night to express their gratitude to Lee for winning his third Olympic silver medal.
In Bentong, Malaysians from all walks of life, including Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, stood behind our athletes vying for the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal at Rio de Janeiro.
Although Chong Wei finished second in the nail-biting finals, Liow commended him as a true sportsman who Malaysians should be proud of.
“Congratulations. We are proud of you,” was his message to Chong Wei.
“He has given his all and put up a good fight. He must be exhausted from the game with Lin Dan (On Friday),” he added.
He said most importantly was the spirit of sportsmanship and Chong Wei had displayed it at the court.
“Malaysia will fight back in the next Olympics,” he said.
The Transport Minister had earlier set aside his busy schedule to cheer for Chong Wei together with hundreds of his constituents and tourists watching the game live from Rio de Janeiro.
The crowd waved the Jalur Gemilang, clapped and cheered for the country’s No. 1 shuttler throughout the game.
On the achievement of the national badminton team, which also won a silver medal each for the men’s doubles and mixed doubles games, Liow congratulated Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong and the mixed team of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.
“We know you all have tried your best and worked very hard for it. We are very proud of you,” he said.
Liow, who has been following the progress of Malaysian athletes at the Games, said he was glad to see Malaysia’s outstanding achievement.
He added that the country showed big progress with a total of three silver medals from badminton, a silver from the women’s diving team of Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong and also added a bronze medal from cyclist Azizulhasni Awang.
“To win in the Olympics is not easy. This will inspire many Malaysians to work hard for their goals,” he added.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam also congratulated the Malaysian Olympic squad.
“A fantastic performance of four silvers and a bronze.
“No small feat. A moment for national jubilation and rejuvenation. A moment to rekindle the smouldering Malaysian spirit into bright sparks. It was a national victory with no moments of defeat. Syabas Malaysia,’’ he said on his Facebook page.