Dr M, Siti Hasmah Send Touching Message to Lee Chong Wei

  • 14 Jun 2019
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We will feel your loss, but you have made the right decision. 

That was the message Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah had for national badminton legend Lee Chong Wei for his contributions to the country, after the shuttler's retirement announcement yesterday.

"I am moved and sad because our champion, Lee Chong Wei, had retired.

"I hope he can rest and recover from his illness. Many thanks for putting Malaysia on the global map many times, we will feel your loss," said Mahathir, in an almost two-minute video uploaded on the Chedet Official Youtube channel.

Dr Mahathir's wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali said the athlete had taken the right decision by prioritizing his health over his achievements.

Siti Hasmah said it was alright for Chong Wei to not have won the Olympic gold medal in badminton.

"To me, health is very very important. You have taken the right decision (by retiring). Your wife and two sons wait for you, enjoy (with) them.

"In your statement, you have mentioned that you have been teaching them (sons) to play badminton, and God willing, you will see them winning the Olympic gold medal for you when they have the chance to do so," she said.

Siti Hasmah further wished Chong Wei the best of health and in his personal ventures.

"Don't regret, you have done the best you could, for the country, for yourself and all of us. Thank you Chong Wei," she said.

During the press conference, Chong Wei, 36, tearfully announced he was hanging up his racquet for good following his nose cancer diagnosis last year.

He said it was a tough decision to make after having played the sport for 19 years, but added:" it is time to think about myself, and my family."

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced during the same press conference that Chong Wei will be appointed the chef-de-mission for Malaysia for the Tokyo Olympic.

Chong Wei has won dozens of trophies in his glittering career, including the prestigious All-England tournament, the Commonwealth Games and the Malaysian Open.

However, the Olympic gold had always eluded him, despite him coming close by winning the silver in the three consecutive Olympics in Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio de Janeiro (2016).

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