PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles ace Chan Peng Soon (pic), who suffered a huge scare with facial paralysis last year, has changed his last name in the hope that he will be blessed with better health.
The changes made to the 32-year-old’s name however is only in the Chinese character and is not reflected in his MyKad.
The pronunciation of his last name “Shun” remains the same, with the only difference being the strokes have now been tweaked.
Peng Soon said he was changing the character in his name because of the two recent health scares.
Last December, he suffered facial paralysis or what is known as Bell’s Palsy during the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China.
Just two months ago, he fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“My health has not been the greatest recently, so I thought it would be worth giving it a try, ” said Peng Soon.
“It was a suggestion from a friend, who does numerology. He did a “calculation” of my name for me, and I guess there’s no harm in believing it could turn around my health fortunes.”
It is common for the Chinese to change the characters of their names in a bid to seek better fortunes.
Men’s doubles shuttler Goh V Shem had also changed his middle name from middle name from “Wei” to “V”, which represents victory, in 2012.
It did work wonders as V Shem went on to win the 2013 Malaysian Open with Lim Khim Wah.
The following year, he formed a world-beating partnership with Tan Wee Kiong to help Malaysia finish runners-up at the Thomas Cup, won the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Olympics silver medal in Rio 2016, and became world No. 1.
A change in name may be just what Peng Soon needs to in his bid to go one better than a silver at the Tokyo Games next year.