And that makes me feel good.. for after all, our team needs our support, especially that they are playing on home ground.
Now, as much as they need us, I think Malaysia (or Malaysians) need our team to win this cup as well.. Here's 3 main reason:
1. Unite The Segmented Malaysians
Seriously, with such a segmented country, it is really tough for us Malaysians to come together for anything. Most of the times, something only caters to one or at most 2 major race groups.
Take our entertainment industry for example.. Sure we all know who Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is, but ask most non Malays, and what songs does she sings? I doubt many will know.
Or take our movie industry. Some of you will know the likes of Ica Kacang Puppy Love or Woohoo! But some others of you will know movies like Pisau Cukur better. Yeah, these are all Malaysian productions, but clearly u can see they cater to one race group or another..
But take badminton, and it doesn't really matter which race we are. We all roughly know our players.. And I must say, it is only badminton (or at most squash) that can bring us Malaysians together!
2. Make Brand Malaysia Proud
Heard bout the many grouses so many Malaysians have about their own country? We so often compare ourselves with the other nations, which we are clearly not in their league in many things.
And it's because of this, plus the fact that many Malaysian products/ services are substandard that spoils the whole made-in-Malaysia products (talk bout some bad apples!).
Well, this is the chance for Malaysia to redeem itself.. to put back that confidence in the rakyat. It's time to show that despite all the lacking & negative criticisms we have, but Malaysia truly can (yes, Malaysia Boleh!).
3. Instill Some Confidence & Hope In The Malaysians
I have a feeling somewhat that Malaysia has never really gone out of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1998. Sure we had a small bull run a few years back, before the world economy crisis hit us.. but that run was nothing compared to our high optimisms back in our 90s heydays.
Nowadays, many Malaysians complain about the hard life they face. Many do not have hopes of a good present nor future. And many have left the country simply because of this reason.
But by winning this Thomas Cup, it can make a difference. It can give the people some form of hope. After all, our team are not the top favourites to win this cup.. hence winning it can show the people that it doesn't really matter where we come from or where we stand.
Instead, it shows that everything is possible.. and so is a better future.
With these 3 main reasons, I hope that team Malaysia will go all out to win glory for our nation.
Yes, team Malaysia, we need this win.. let's create history, once more!