PETALING JAYA- Although the Thomas Cup remains outside Malaysia's grasp, tributes still flowed for the gallant Malaysian team, particularly captain Liew Daren.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was at the final match against Japan in New Delhi, tweeted that Liew was in tears at the end.
"But we all told him he did great. To fight all the way like that. Like a captain," he wrote.
MCA Youth deputy chief Chris Lee Ching Yong has urged the players to keep up the fight and boost Malaysia's reputation by bringing back the cup one day.
"Our defeat in the Thomas Cup final to Japan was disappointing, but the national team had made Malaysians proud with their fighting spirit, and has shown the world what we are made of," he said in a statement yesterday.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel tweeted: "Heads up Malaysian #ThomasCup team, the entire country is proud of you.
"Thank you for the memorable final today. Congratulations to Japan," he said.
In Malaysia's final Group C tie against South Korea, on May 21, Liew was benched for his uninspiring performance in two earlier group matches.
However, he won accolades from ordinary Malaysians for his spirited battle against Japan's Takuma Ueda in the final.
Tweeter user @NatashaAmalina wrote: "All the doubters of Liew Daren, eat your words."
@kkhsamuel said: "Most importantly thank you Liew Daren for trying your best, you did us proud and prove your haters wrong. Thank you!"
@PhoebeShafinaz wrote: "Liew Daren is impressive. Really. He was so far behind but he managed to catch up. I'm so so proud of him! He's my winner!"
@openeyeJ tweeted: "#Thomas Cup Msian team you won the silver but lost the Cup with dignity for the country."
@ChachaSiu wrote: "Inspiring. Millions of Malaysians rediscovering our love for our country."