KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (Bernama) -- Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek praised the national badminton squad for their strong fighting spirit against Japan in the Thomas Cup final last night.
He said although disappointed at losing by a slim margin, the performance of the national badminton squad has given hope for the future of Malaysian badminton on the international stage.
"I am optimistic that Malaysia can emerge as champion and win the Thomas Cup in future," he told reporters after attending a Dialogue With Experts On Monitoring Real Time Flight, including the Black Box here, today.
Shabery singled out national badminton squad skipper Liew Daren who played well but lost narrowly to Takuma Ueda in the deciding set.
"I followed Liew Daren's progress since he was playing in the doubles where he frequently encountered problems dealing with pressure.....