Malaysian badminton in good hands

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BAM recruited Frost in March, and the Dane has overseen a considerable amount of success during his tenure.

A quarter-final defeat to second seeds South Korea at the Sudirman Cup aside, Malaysian shuttlers have excelled in international competition of late.

Malaysia finished second on the badminton medal table at the recent Southeast Asian Games, taking home eight medals in total – two gold, four silver and two bronze.

This has led Khairy to assert that Frost is most certainly the right man for the job.

“We have made the right decision in hiring him. I’m a strong believer in getting the right people to do the job. We did that by appointing Lim Teong Kim (National Football Development Plan project director) and we’ve got the right man for badminton,” he said.

“I know that Morten faced some obstacles initially, but he has shown that he is no longer a stranger. He has been here before, is a champion himself and has proven to be a wonderful motivator, planner and coach."

The Minister says that he has been suitably impressed by the manner in which Frost has gone about introducing the next generation of Malaysian shuttlers.

“If we look at the recent SEA Games results, one standout observation in terms of Morten’s plan is his belief in young players," he said.

“He has done well with Goh Jin Wei … giving her a chance to play in the SEA Games. At 15 years old, she won a bronze medal at the SEA Games. It’s a tremendous success story.

“Morten is thinking beyond Lee Chong Wei. That is what I basically told him when he came in.”