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Chong Wei: I was on painkillers
Last updated on 14 August 2012 – 10:06pm
GEORGE TOWN (Aug 14, 2012): Olympic silver medallist Datuk Lee Chong Wei was on painkillers throughout all his matches at the recently concluded London games.
He revealed that an ankle injury he had sustained during the Thomas Cup championship in May troubled him during matches.
He said he was not fully fit while on training in Bath, England, when preparing for the badminton competition on which the country’s sole gold medal hope rested.
“I took painkillers daily. My injury was not 100% healed and (it was) painful everyday. I often cried in the court before warm-ups,” he told the press today after receiving RM100,000 as reward from the Penang Water Supply Corporation, which is chaired by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. Lee, who bagged silver after losing the men’s singles final to China’s Lin Dan, won the hearts of 28 million Malaysians with his determination in his quest for the gold medal.
Student group to clarify Namewee’s Lin Dan slur video
Its president, Adam Hung, said he would clarify that the clips were nothing more than a personal expression of Namewe.
“Namewee’s video had made people in China feel angry and upset because the video clip was insulting to China’s badminton star, Lin Dan.
“MACSA will approach and inform the Chinese media that it was only an individual’s action but we believe his action would not affect bilateral relations between China and Malaysia,” he told reporters here, today.
Recently, Namewee uploaded a video clip online that contained abuses in Hokkien against Lin Dan after Datuk Lee Chong Wei lost to the Chinese player in the men’s singles badminton final of the London Olympics at the Wembley Arena.
This clip subsequently spread throughout the Chinese online media including major forums and had caused much resentment among Chinese fans in China.
Asked whether they would take legal action on the singer, Adam said that they would not do so because Namewee had apologised through his Facebook page recently.
“…But as a public figure, Namawee should be more sensitive to what he was doing,” he added.
Prior to this, Lee had apologised to the Chinese badminton fans on the dissemination of the video clip.
“I’m sorry about that video, I know nothing about that song too, I am here to say sorry to everyone, hopefully Chinese fans can forgive this,” said Lee on his account at Chinese microblogging site weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. — Bernama
Chong Wei gets RM500,000 for silver medal feat in Olympics
PUTRAJAYA (Aug 12, 2012): National shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei today received RM500,000 as reward for his silver medal win in the 2012 London Olympics.
The reward was presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Abdul Razak in a ceremony at the Seri Perdana here which was also attended by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The reward comprised RM300,000 from the National Sports Council’s Incentive Scheme and RM200,000 from the Malaysian government in the form of Amanah Saham Wawasan.
Apart from that, Chong Wei also received a watch presented by Rosmah who is also the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) patron.
Lyrics in English
Today, an incident that made the whole country sad but also proud of took place. I wish to write a song for Lee and hope he won’t be too sad. And that Lin [expletive] rambu-Dan, I’ve had enough of you!”
“Learned that you love my movies/ Secretly watched Nasi Lemak 2.0 alone/ Hantu Gangsteris about to open/ Sincerely inviting you to the premier/ But heard you’re in London now and can’t attend/ Never mind, it’s more important to fight for the country.”
“When I turn on RTM1/ Saw you fighting hard for the motherland/ Won the first round easily/ Everyone’s happy, but in the second round/ That stupid [expletive] from China was so powerful/ As though he was on dope/ Driving you off to the bottom of the ravine/ And running out of steam just like that.”
“Although you have lost and tears have gone dry/ The whole of Malaysia is sad for you/ Even the fat woman is sobbing/ Although you’ve been defeated, don’t cry anymore/ I promise to watch my movie with you/ When you come back and let you laugh to satisfaction.”
“Although we don’t have an extra holiday/ Or free branded ice-cream/ You’re the hero of Malaysia/ No matter who win or lose/ We all love you.”
At the end of the video, Namewee switches to his native Hokkien dialect for a rant aimed squarely at Lin Dan. “Tell him to go home. Don’t be so cocky. You don’t come to Malaysia to play. I see you one time, I beat you up one time,” he yells directly into the camera.
Namewee threatens Lin Dan on YouTube
Passions are still riding high for Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei, so much so that two very different public personalities, a politician and a notorious filmmaker, have found themselves at both ends of a stink.
Lee Chong Wei has been forced to issue an apology to the Chinese for a video post on YouTube by controversial filmmaker Namewee. In the four-and-a-half minute clip, Namewee begins by singing a sad song sympathising with Chong Wei, but ends the video by criticising Lin Dan with a string of profanities and threatening to beat up the athlete.
Namewee’s Mandarin song also made thinly veiled references to the Prime Minister’s wife, who was in London for the Olympics. But bearing the brunt of his putdown was Lin Dan, who Namewee belittled with a series of vulgarities before warning him not to set foot in Malaysia unless he wanted to get whacked.
The homemade video was posted on Monday, the morning after Chong Wei was defeated by his long-time rival, the world number one and two-time Olympic gold winner Lin Dan, in the men’s singles badminton final at the London Games.
Local media may have missed the video but China’s press caught wind of it and, as expected, Namewee’s little stunt attracted a flood of fuming comments from both the Chinese and Malaysians.
Some of the posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter labelled Namewee “brainless” and “a shame to the country”. There were also suggestions that the video was a “cheap publicity stunt” for his latest movie, Hantu Gangster.
One comment said, “There must be a winner and a loser in a competition. Please respect every athlete. Lee Chong Wei is your hero. Lin Dan is our hero.” Another read, “Both players are great. Do you know more than 114,000 Chinese responded to Lee’s Weibo post to cheer for him after he lost?”
On Thursday, Chong Wei had to finally take to China’s social networking site Weibo to send his regrets about the controversy. “I’m sorry about that song. I don’t know about it. I want to say sorry to everyone. I hope the Chinese badminton fans understand,” he wrote.
In the clip, Namewee begins with a dedication to Chong Wei. “Today, an incident that made the whole country sad but also proud of took place. I wish to write a song for Lee and hope he won’t be too sad. And that Lin [expletive] rambu-Dan, I’ve had enough of you!”
Namewee has since put out his own apology for the song, posting a message on Facebook saying, “I’m here to openly apologise to the world for insulting Lin Dan in the video. I made the clip merely to invite Lee to watch my film, but made a big mistake by verbally attacking Lin. I’m very sorry about it.”
He added, “I don’t beg for forgiveness from all of you. I just hope that this incident won’t affect the image of Malaysia. Malaysians are kind-hearted, generous and easy-going, totally the opposite of me. I take full responsibility for my action. Lastly I apologise again to Chinese player Lin Dan, Malaysians, the Chinese people, the world and Lee.”
Meanwhile, DAP and Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman M. Manoharan was forced to apologise as well after he sent several tweets knocking Chong Wei for losing his second gold medal in a row at the Olympics—and promising that we would triumph at the next meet if his political party won the next election.
“If Chong Wei played better than Lin Dan, why didn’t he win? We must be firm with our players so that we can see a gold one day,” he wrote in one tweet. “Pakatan has a very capable sports minister in waiting. Give Pakatan to rule Putrajaya to bring in the Gold in next Olympics,” he added.
Following public outrage at his comments against the national hero, even his own party took him to task for his statements, ultimately forcing him to say sorry.
Published: 10th August 2012
Namewee, “As a huge badminton fan, I was just expressing my opinions and disappointment on Dato’ Lee’s loss in the finals. I did not create the video to promote my new movie with Lee’s name. I heard that he went to support Nasi Lemak 2.0 last year, so this year I wanted to invite him to watch Hantu Gangster, as I hoped that my movie could cheer him up after losing in such a tight battle.”
10 Aug – “Nasi Lemak 2.0” director Namewee revealed that his latest music clip posted on YouTube recently was just a way to get Malaysia’s national badminton star, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, to attend the gala premiere of his second directorial feature, “Hantu Gangster”.
After watching Lee’s unsuccessful attempts to net Malaysia their first gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics in his match against Lin Dan from China, Namewee expressed his condolences to the former world champion by dedicating a song to him on the social video site. However, the clip turned controversial when it sparked criticisms among local and Chinese fans about Namewee’s support for Lee, claiming that he was going about it in a wrong way by attacking Lin Dan with much too harsh words in the lyrics.
When asked for his side of the story, the “Hantu Gangster” director explained, “As a huge badminton fan, I was just expressing my opinions and disappointment on Dato’ Lee’s loss in the finals. I did not create the video to promote my new movie with Lee’s name. I heard that he went to support “Nasi Lemak 2.0” last year, so this year I wanted to invite him to watch “Hantu Gangster”, as I hoped that my movie could cheer him up after losing in such a tight battle. We had called him previously, but I wanted my invitation to be special, so I made the video, but as it turned out, he could not make it to the gala premiere due to his busy schedule.”
Nevertheless, the Muar-born filmmaker, who generated a buzz among fans with pictures and videos showing him injured on his Facebook account, once again attracted public attention when he showed up at the gala premiere of “Hantu Gangster” in hospital garments with cuts and bruises on his face. He even walked the red carpet using a pair of crutches.
“Those pictures and videos were part of my promotional activities for my new movie. We designed the gimmicks based on my character’s story in “Hantu Gangster”, not on shock value. You will understand when you watch the film,” replied Namewee, when some remarked that he resorted to cheap stunts to obtain publicity for himself.
Through his film, the controversial filmmaker aimed to promote unity among Malaysians, as it boasts a multi-racial cast, which includes Farid Kamil, Diana Danielle, Amber Chia, Dato’ Amurugam and Dennis Lau.
“I want to tell everyone that racial discrimination is not created by the people. There is no problem living together with different races. I hope the movie can lead you to see the truth behind some of the society issues that is happening in our country.”
“Hantu Gangster” is now showing in cinemas!
Director explained that his recent YouTube attack on Lin Dan was an invite for Lee Chong Wei to watch “Hantu Gangster”
Cinema Online via Yahoo! Singapore News – Aug 10 02:22am
ACCUSATION AGAINST NAMEWEE
Among others, Facebook users are accusing Namewee of using Lee’s defeat for shameless self-promotion, since his movie opens in theatres in three days.
HOWEVER, THE SAME ACCUSATION MAY BE LEVELLED AGAINST NAJIB AND ROSMAH
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:52
EVIL INCARNATE: Umno-BN’s blockbuster movie May 13, 1969
Written by Iskandar Dzulkarnain, Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle
May 13 movie to make the Malays hate the Chinese: Chong Wei to appease the Chinese
Now, on its final leg leading up to the GE-13, the BN government is desperate to grasp at something that can sway the people – in this case, the Malays – against the Chinese.
All the talk about 1Malaysia sounds so hollow when the authorities have no wish to enforce or embrace the concept. Even making a national her o of badminton star Lee Chong Wei won’t help because the people know Prime Minister Najib Razak is playing a devious game.
He is using May 13 to get the Malays to hate the Chinese and using Chong Wei to appease the Chinese that this is ‘not so bad’ after all.
Somehow, with such fictitious sincerity, unity may indeed be a lost cause unless there is a regime change. For as long as the BN remains in power, it will see racial unity and integration as a direct threat to its hold over the country.
|4:11PM Aug 6, 2012|
Filmmaker and musician Namewee has again sparked controversy with an online video, this time over his so-called tribute to national badminton player Lee Chong Wei.
The 4 minute 27 seconds video features Namewee in a short monologue praising Lee, before launching into a song which promotes his upcoming film Hantu Gangster, while the chorus featured a consoling tone.
This was peppered with Namewee’s trademark sarcasm, a swipe at the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor and his usual helping of Chinese vulgarities.
It is understood that the video clip was uploaded on YouTube at dawn this morning, about 12 hours after Lee lost the gold medal in the men’s badminton finals at the London Olympics to archrival Lin Dan.
In mere hours, criticisms started to pour in and public access to the video has been disabled.
Another YouTube user has uploaded the same clip and it is still generating criticism on Namewee’s Facebook page.
Among others, Facebook users are accusing Namewee of using Lee’s defeat for shameless self-promotion, since his movie opens in theatres in three days.
“I despise you. Opportunist!” said one Facebook user, Da Xiong.
“Your song is a loaded advertisement. Did you sincerely write a song for Dato Lee or are you just promoting your film?” wrote one Wind Kho.
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Malaysia’s controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, is at it again. His new music video is a parody of the World Cup football fever. In the video, Wee lamented on how Malaysia has never qualified for the World Cup. He rapped about illegal bookies and complaints of� neglect by wives and girlfriends of football fans during World Cup. Wee narrated how Malaysians have to resign themselves to merely watching the football matches and betting on them.
n the video clip, he had took to task Malaysia�s performance in the recent Thomas Cup badminton tournament and on World No.1 ranking Malaysian player Datuk Lee Chong Wei�s comments and reasoning behind it. The Malaysian badminton team lost to both Japan and China during the Thomas Cup despite pre-tournament hype that Malaysia had a good chance of winning the cup.
The 27-year-old Muar-born rapper hit the headlines with his infamous Negarakuku YouTube music video in 2007.� The Malaysian national anthem “Negaraku” was used as a background to his rap in the video which Wee recorded while studying in a Taiwan university. Upon his return to Malaysia, he was questioned by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes headquarters for his song and asked to provide a translation of it in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language of Malaysia.