KUALA LUMPUR (21 AUGUST 2022): The second edition of the Biz link Properties Purple League Corporate 2021/2022 (BLPLC) closed its curtains today as Dr.KO showcased that they can dominate not only in the boardroom but also on the badminton court after claiming a 11-3 victory over Senheng in the final at Sports Arena Sentosa.
Dr KO, known for its dominance in the skin industry put their stranglehold on the final proceedings early on when Dhami Tula Ram – Lim Loong Meng breezed past Senheng’s Pong Chit Pei – Yong Chee Seng (11-10, 11-10, 11-9) in the men’s doubles category. Dr.KO ‘s convincing start was halted in the second match as powerhouse mixed doubles pair fell to Senheng’s stalwart pair Junior Oh Jia Pang – Yap Yee (6-11,11-10,8-11,11-10,9-11) in a resilient match which lasted for 51 minutes.
Dr KO’s Dato Lim Choon Seng – Lim Choon Keong then managed to keep the tie alive with an impressive 8-3 lead over Senheng with a (11-3,11-5, 11-4) win over Senheng’s Chow Kock Fei – Wong Thian Lai only for Stephanie Fenellang – Tan Chew Ping to put the tie beyond Senheng’s reach moments later with a smooth (11-7, 11-6, 11-7) victory over Karena Wong – Yap Rui Chen in the women’s doubles category.
With the unassailable lead, Dr. KO claimed bragging rights as there was no need for the remaining men’s doubles to be played as Dr. KO walked away with a cool RM 50,000 cash prize while Senheng took home a purse of RM 25,000 for their efforts.
Dr.KO’s player cum team manager, Soo Teck Zhi was in ecstatic mood after his charges’ fine performances in the final.
He said, “Words cannot express how thrilled I am with this victory. I did not expect our team to achieve this feat and I’m grateful to all the players for producing a wonderful display in our glory to success.”
“We as a team will not be satisfied and rest on this victory as we aim to continue striving to work harder and return in the next edition to defend our title,” added Soo Teck Chi who won the 2013 Asian Junior Championships.
Also present at Sports Arena Sentosa was Malaysia Purple League’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ho Khek Mong who reiterated about the importance of corporate firms’ involvement in sports today.
He said, “I hope that through this Biz Link Properties Corporate Purple League platform, many more corporate entities can understand the sport and eventually get more involved with their support and backing. It is also a platform which can provide avenues for retired players to continue their badminton careers,”.
In the 2pm fixture, the fiery battle for the third and fourth placing saw Oriental Real Estate emerging victorious over their opponents Top Glove Badminton Club (9-3).
Being one of the top teams that stood out at the end of competition, Oriental Real Estate took the lead in the opening men’s doubles match through Kum Yi Fan – Tan Kian An as they easily overcame Lim Jin Feng – Lim Jun Yang (11-7, 11-9, 11-3).
Gan Jing Er – Kho Lai Mai were the saviours for Oriental Real Estate as they trashed Daphne Ng – Liaw Suk Quan 11-7 11-7 11-7 to secure their team the third-place position in the tournament while bringing back a prize money of RM 12,500.
BLPLC Final Day Results (21/8/2022)
3rd and 4th placing (2pm)
Oriental Real Estate 9-3 Top Glove Badminton Club
Final (5 pm)
Dr.KO 11-3 Senheng
About Malaysia Purple League
Founded and incorporated on October 24, 2013, Purple League Sports Management Sdn. Bhd. aims to create a brand new platform in support of the Malaysian badminton scene while raising the standard of badminton proficiency and contributing towards creating future champions for the country.
Standing at the forecourt of all endeavours is the Malaysia Purple League, thus named due to purple long being a symbolic colour associated with royalty, power, and courage. It’s an initiative that provides players of all levels, both professionals and amateurs, with an opportunity to gain invaluable competitive experience, and which concurrently engages retired national greats to guide and inspire a new generation of champions.