Lee Chong Wei gifted $500k condo unit
A FEW days before he left for the Rio Olympics, national shuttler Lee Chong Wei visited a showroom in Cheras, near Kuala Lumpur, looking to invest in a condominium unit.
Now, the property developer that he spoke to, Orando Holdings, wants to present the 32-year-old badminton player with the RM1.5 million (S$500,000) unit for his contribution to Malaysian sports.
The 1,100sq ft, three-bedroom unit at the planned Lavile condominium in Taman Maluri will face the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and come fully furnished.
"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," said Orando managing director Eng Wei Chun.
He added that Lee had shown interest in buying the unit before flying to Brazil, noting that he had already made up his mind early on to give the unit to the shuttler.
"I wanted to give him a surprise. He has done so much for the country," said Mr Eng, adding that he hoped this would encourage more young Malaysians to excel in sports.
Asked why Lee was the only Malaysian Olympian to receive a free unit from Orando, he added that it was because Lee was the face of Malaysia's international sports team and already an interested buyer.
"We want the country to have a bright future and be harmonious. Sports is doing that.
"This is my way of enhancing our sports for a brighter future for Malaysia," he said.
The 38-storey condo is expected to be completed in 2020.
This is not the only reward the three-time Olympic silver medallist is getting for his second-place finish in Rio.
He will receive RM637,888 from the National Sports Council and Badminton Association of Malaysia, on top of a Proton Suprima S 1.6L Turbo Premium and an Osim uDiva Classic Massage Sofa.
He will also get a RM3,000 monthly pension for the rest of his life.
Lee was expected to arrive at the KL International Airport with Team Malaysia at 1.30pm yesterday.
ASIA NEWS NETWORK