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Lee Zii Jia lifts Malaysia’s gloom with breakthrough All-England triumph

World no. 10 Lee Zii Jia has arrived on the world stage in style, giving the entire country a lift, as he edged out world no. 2 Viktor Axelsen to clinch the All-England men’s singles badminton crown. Lee is coached by Tey Seu Bock and Indonesia’ Hendrawan under national coaching director Wong Choon Hann. He was previously trained by Misbun Sidek and Indonesia’s Indra Wijaya.

In the quarter-finals, Lee ousted world no. 1 Kento Momota 21-16, 21-19, whom he had never taken a game off in six previous encounters. So the new champion’s triumph is no fluke.

It was a good day for Malaysian coaches abroad as well. Japan under Tan Kim Her (men’s doubles) and Jeremy Gan (mixed doubles) triumphed in all-Japan finals in the two events.

Japan, coached by South Korea’s Park Joo Bong, who once trained the Malaysian team, is undoubtedly a new powerhouse in world badminton, winning four of the five final events – three of them all-Japan finals, in the absence of China and Indonesia.

But Lee’s breakthrough win has shown us the power of perseverance and determination against the odds. It has rallied the nation together, breaking down ethnic and religious barriers, at a time of so much divisiveness.

Now let’s hope for Parliament to reconvene soon, so that our elected representatives can put their minds together to break through the political stalemate that is dragging the nation down.

Penang DAP election results: Your thoughts?

So what do you make of this? Does it matter if they still insist on the massive reclamation in southern Penang Island and all their other unsustainable mega-projects when so many ordinary people are struggling to get by? #PenangTolakTambak #StopPIL

ELECTION RESULTS (TOP 15)

Chow Kon Yeow 1,211

Phee Boon Poh 1,041

Lay Hock Peng 1,038

Lim Hui Ying, 980

Zairil Khir Johari 920

Teh Lai Heng 916

Steven Sim 890

Jason H’ng 888

P Ramasamy 826

Soon Lip Chee 811

Yeoh Soon Hin 773

Wong Hong Wai 735

Phee Boon Chee 734

RSN Rayer 659

Jagdeep Singh Deo 655

Anwar Ibrahim’s press conference

What do you make of this? Do you think Pakatan Harapan or PKR should cooperate with Umno? What would their ideological platform be, given the track record of both sides? Good governance, anti-corruption, constitutional provisions. But this is vague, without going into specifics.

Brilliant Chap Goh Meh moon over Tanjung Bunga

Photos by activist Meena Raman

What brilliant moonlight on this auspicious day. It takes our minds off our troubles, at least momentarily. It reminds us that the light will always pierce through the darkness.

And it is also a telling reminder we should do all we can to protect the natural beauty and ecosystem of this place we call home.

And this morning:

MEENA RAMAN

TBRA calls for urgent investigation into forest fires

It looks as if things (fires and hill clearings) have been happening on the hills of Penang while the rest of us are under lockdown. This statement has just been released by the Tanjung Bunga Residents Association: