KUALA LUMPUR: World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei's (pic) victory in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2017 certainly had Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rejoicing.
"Datuk Lee Chong Wei you made all Malaysians proud of you! Superb display of skills and fighting spirit," the Prime Minister said in his Twitter account.
Chong Wei added a fourth All England men's singles title to his impressive collection by beating Shi Yuqi from China at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, Sunday night.
The Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medallist swept home 21-12, 21-10 in just 45 minutes; his opponent suffered a leg injury towards the end of the second game.
In PARLIAMENT, members started the second week of the sitting by thanking Chong Wei for his contributions to the country.
Immediately after the bell rang for the start of the session, deputy speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee said "thank you Datuk Lee Chong Wei, you made us proud".
He then called upon Kuala Pilah MP Datuk Hasan Malek to begin the question and answer session for the day.
Hasan started off saying "congratulations Datuk Lee Chong Wei. You have done it again and we Malaysians are proud of you" to cheers from parliamentarians from both sides of the divide.
Najib also said Malaysian mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying should not be dissapointed over their failure to cross the final hurdle, losing 21-18, 19-21, 16-21 to Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong from China.
"Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying need not feel disappointed to get a silver; they played well. We will continue to support #AllEngland," he assured.
Peng Soon/Liu Ying took the first game 21-18 and were leading the second game 17-16 when a disputed call from the umpire disrupted the Malaysian duo's rhythm, causing them to lose concentration.
It was the first final for the duo who had never gone past the semifinal stage. - Bernama
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