Fans show undivided support for Malaysian team

Fans show undivided support for Malaysian team
A large crowd cheering Lee on after he won the first game during the Thomas Cup finals.

PETALING JAYA- Twenty-two years ago, when Malaysia lifted the Thomas Cup, Jennifer Chau watched all the matches on television.

This time, Chau continued to show her undivided support for the national team alongside the local fans at the Neighbourhood food court in Kota Damansara here, despite Malaysia going down 2-3 in the final last night.

"I rushed here around 6pm to catch the remaining game after knowing that Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the first set of the first singles.

"It was an interesting match and my family have been following the Thomas Cup since the matches were aired on television," said the 57-year-old badminton enthusiast who actively participated in the various state-level meets when she was in her twenties.

For 54-year-old Amran Abu Bakar, supporting the team means a lot to him as badminton has been his and his family's favourite game.

"I came to Sunway Giza to catch the matches as I knew that the restaurants, bars and bistros here were showing the matches on bigger screens.

"I still remember watching the Thomas Cup in 1992 with my family when Malaysia was the underdog. Now, I am so into the game that I do not mind standing outside the bistros just to watch the match," he said.

Restaurants and bistros at Sunway Giza that were showing the Thomas Cup matches were packed with avid fans.

Sales executive Jeremy Tan, 32, who was having dinner at a mamak stall at Dataran Sunway, had his attention fixed on the first men's doubles match between Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How and Japan's Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo.

"I think both of the Malaysian players were slightly nervous nearing the end of the third set as the responsibility was on them to deliver a point."

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