Lee Chong Wei and Spirit of ‘Old Time’ Malaysia
CONGRATULATION Lee Chong Wei, for winning for HIMSELF and MALAYSIA, the much covetted All-England Badminton Single Title, in Birmingham, England, yesterday. Its a rare achievement, accomplished only by a few other Malaysians and Malayans before. The whole nation were glued to their TV sets, at some moments almost OUT OF BREATH, in unison with Chong Wei, in overcoming the spirited opposition.
From the life transmission beamed from England, Chong Wei was well supported by Malaysians multi-racial crowd of supporters, who were united in PUSHING ON Chong Wei in achieving hard-earned points, under watchful eyes of coach Misbun Sidek, himself a runners-up in similar tournament during his playing years.
As Malaysians, we are VERY PROUD of Chong Wei, Misbun Sidek and the multi-racial Malaysian supporters, whose shouts of MALAYSIA BOLEH were clearly heard in Malaysian homes. What more, when Chong Wei, drapped in Malaysian JALUR GEMILANG went up the rostrum to receive his HONOURS.
It was another Malaysian SUCCESS STORY. It epitomised the ‘old time’ spirit of Malaysia, which had united the Malaysians from the early years of independence, in building the nation, and in overcoming adversaries. It was the same spirit shared by all Malaysians for the first 10 years of our independence in wading through the EMERGENCY YEARS. Despite the DISTURBANCES of 1969, similar spirit were restored, and even enhanced further, ensuring PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY for the following 30 over years.
However, the spirit of good ‘old time’ Malaysia seems to be part of our history too, rather than remaining as the present. Certain IRRESPONSIBLE ELEMENTS in our society, for their narrow personal interests, are ‘robbing’ the Malaysians of the ‘old time’ spirit of Malaysia.
Thanks for the TOWERING LEADERSHIP of DS Najip, for his ideas in bringing back to life the ‘old time’ Malaysia, under a new banner of ‘1MALAYSIA’. And thanks to Chong Wei for giving us the PRIDE and OPPORTUNITY to embrace and congratulate each other in the spirit of ‘old time’ Malaysia, now re-named ‘1Malaysia’.