KUALA LUMPUR: It was a nail-biting match but Prime Minister Najib Razak is overjoyed Lee Chong Wei prevailed against China’s Lin Dan in their Olympic semi-finals match earlier tonight.
In his speech at the Yayasan Khazanah’s 10th anniversary dinner, Najib said he was glad to celebrate the foundation’s scholars and its success and that his night had been made all the more special with Lee’s victory.
“Malaysia is on course to win two gold medals. Hopefully, our doubles team will win their final match tonight.
“This is why I have to rush back, I have to join my small group at home in cheering them on.”
During the dinner, Najib joined all in attendance to watch the match which went to the wire.
Lee, who lost the first set 15-21, went on to beat Lin Dan in the other two sets 21-11 and 22-20.
Lee, however, was not the only one receiving praise from Najib, as the premier also singled out several scholars for praise.
Among them were Nur Hani Dayana, a Khazanah Bestari scholar who comes from an underprivileged family and aims to become a doctor.
Another scholar singled out for praise was Irina Mahmad Rasit, who graduated with a First Class Master’s in Engineering in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from Imperial College in London.
Due to her impressive achievements, Najib revealed Irina was offered a direct route to do her PhD under a Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholarship.
Najib said the successful scholarship programme had contributed a lot to Malaysia and partner nations.
Earlier, Yayasan Khazanah Chairman Mustapa Mohamed said he was proud to see how far the foundation had come since its inception in 2006.
“Since Yayasan Khazanah’s inception, it has awarded over 600 scholarships to Malaysians and non-Malaysians through four major scholarship programmes.
“Out of the 600, some 200 have completed their studies and are currently contributing to the nation or partner nations.”