PETALING JAYA: Aside from bagging the silver medal in the recently concluded Rio Olympics, national badminton ace Lee Chong Wei has received a brand new, fully-furnished condominium unit worth RM1.5 million in Taman Maluri.
According to a report in the Star Online, Orando Holdings Managing Director Eng Wei Chun said he decided to present Lee with the 1,100 square-foot, three-bedroom unit at the Lavile Condominium, even before his victory in the games.
“I wanted to give him a surprise. He has done so much for the country,” he said, adding that he hoped this would encourage more youngsters to excel in sports.
Eng explained that he made the decision after learning that the 34-year-old shuttler had shown interest in purchasing the unit before heading off to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I wanted to do this. I waited until after his game to tell him.”
The exclusive 38-storey Lavile Condominium will face the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and is set to be completed by 2020.
“At the moment, we don’t have a badminton court at the condominium. Maybe we can ask the architect to build at least one court, which we can name after Lee Chong Wei.”
Eng said the reward was given to Lee because the shuttler was seen as the face of Malaysia at international sports events.
The managing director also added that he was fulfilling his “corporate social responsibility” and hoped that this reward would inspire more Malaysians to excel in sports.
“We want the country to have a bright future and be harmonious. Sports is one way of doing that. This is my way of ensuring sports will have better prospects in Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying.
Lee, a three-time Olympic silver medallist, is also set to receive a RM3,000 monthly pension for the rest of his life.
Recently, other corporate figures announced gifts for Lee, which include a Proton Suprima S 1.6L Turbo Premium and an Osim uDiva Classic Massage Sofa.
Lee will also receive RM637,888 from the National Sports Council and the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
He is scheduled to land at the KL International Airport along with other Malaysians who competed in the Olympic Games at 1.30pm today.