Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has called on Malaysians to pray for national badminton ace Lee Chong Wei, who is reportedly suffering from nasal cancer.
"Aggrieved to hear that Lee is suffering from early-stage nose cancer. Lee is currently undergoing treatment in Taiwan.
"Let us all pray for Lee's complete recovery," she said via Twitter.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today confirmed that the former world number one was receiving treatment for nasal cancer in Taiwan and recuperating amongst family members.
In July, BAM had issued a statement saying Lee would not participate in two major tournaments due to respiratory problems and had been advised by doctors to rest.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Deputy Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong said he would meet with BAM to discuss how the government could help Lee and his family.
"I'm sad to hear about the challenge facing our national badminton champion Lee.
"But I'm confident of his fighting spirit to overcome this challenge. Let us all pray for Lee's good health. I have sent him my regards through BAM," he said.