Peng Soon unmasks product to convey positivity


New production: Chan Peng Soon’s own face mask brand, the Chan-ger.

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic has seen people making changes – both big and small – to their lives and mixed doubles ace Chan Peng Soon is no exception.

The 32-year-old has started his first business venture with a close friend selling face mask called “Chan-ger”, inspired by Peng Soon’s surname.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist hopes to spread positive message to encourage people to make the change when things get tough.

“As a shuttler, I’m constantly seeking for breakthroughs and ways to improve myself,” said the father of four.

“During these difficult times, many people around me were affected, myself included. So my friend and I have decided to start this business.

“My friend runs an event management company and his business has been badly affected. So, I decided to create this brand to convey positive energy.”

Peng Soon revealed that they are planning to market more products in the future.

“It’s pretty obvious right now people need masks, that’s why we’re selling it. The aim is to make locally-made quality mask at an affordable price,” added Peng Soon.

“Our next release would be hand sanitiser and we’re also planning to sell mooncakes during the Mid-autumn festival.

“Rest assured we will only sell high-quality products as my reputation is at stake.”

Peng Soon has also vowed to help fellow shuttlers who are in need of assistance.

He has pledged 10% of the sales profit to the “Support our Malaysia Badminton Talent” fund, which is managed by Pioneer Sports Management.

“I’m aware that there are many promising shuttlers who face financial constraints because of this pandemic,” said Peng Soon.

“We set up this fund to offer monetary assistance that could cover some cost such as shuttlecocks purchase and court rental.”

As for his plans for the restart of the badminton season in September, Peng Soon and partner Goh Liu Ying will submit their entry for the Taiwan Open, which is slated for Sept 1-6.

But their participation will depend largely on the travel restrictions imposed by the Taiwanese government.

“Our stand is the same as the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia). If we’re needed to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, then most likely we’re not going,” said Peng Soon.

World No. 7 Peng Soon-Liu Ying were the semi-finalists last year.

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