Petaling Badminton Club Players Line-up for Malaysia Purple League, 2018/2019 Season

The Petaling Badminton Club (Petaling BC) has announced at Sports Arena Sentosa on the 20th of December, its exciting line-up of players for the upcoming Malaysia Purple League, 2018/2019 season taking place from 21st December 2018 to 27th January 2019.

Top row from L-R: Dato Jack Koh, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Purple League; Yap Siew Pink, Group Finance Manager of Sports Arena – LA Corporation; James Koh, Group Chief Operating Officer of Petaling BC; Hau Kim Tho, National Junior Programme Manager of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM); Datuk Albert Chiang, Director of Bonia Corporation Berhad; Gan Yee Hin, Executive Director of Platinum Victory; Ismail Saman, Team Manager & Chief Coach of Petaling BC; O’dea, Petaling BC’s mascot Bottom row from L-R: Gronya Somerville, Payee Lim Peiy Yee, Lim Yin Fun, Cheam June Wei, Terry Hee, Iskandar Zulkarnain, Ian Wong

Petaling BC’s star players include big names such as Goh V Shem, Olympic Silver Medallist for men’s doubles; Iskandar Zulkarnain, national men's singles player and Lai Pei Jing, national mixed doubles women player. Rising stars in Petaling BC’s squad include Aaron Chia, 21, men's doubles player; Chen Tang Jie, 20, mixed doubles male player and Gronya Somerville, 23, Australian women's doubles player. 

Goh V Shem rose to fame for his outstanding performance at the Thomas Cup and Commonwealth Games respectively in 2014. He won the silver medal with Tan Wee Kiong at the Rio Olympics in 2016.  

The Petaling BC team players with James Koh, Dato Jack Koh and Ismail Saman

Gronya Somerville added a touch of international glamour to the event. She first garnered the media's attention as a young player in 2012 at the Uber Cup in China. Somervile and her partner Setyana Mapasa, captured Australia's first ever Grand Prix title in 2016, after winning the Canada Open.

“As the founding club of the Malaysia Purple League, Petaling Badminton Club is proud to announce our line-up of players that include a dynamic mix of talents from Malaysia and international players from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. 

Brief Q&A session with Iskandar Zulkarnain, James Koh, Dato Jack Koh and Gronya Somerville

“In the spirit of the holiday season, it’s heartening to see how badminton has not only brought Malaysia national glory but also brings people from various background and countries together for the love of this thrilling game,” said James Koh, Group Chief Operating Officer of Petaling BC.

“Petaling BC has a track record of developing talents and as a feeder to the national team, a great role envied by many clubs and academies,” said Dato Jack Koh, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Purple League.

Token appreciation presented to the sponsor: Gan Yee Hin, Executive Director of Platinum Victory

Token appreciation presented to the sponsor: Yap Siew Pink, Group Finance Manager of Sports Arena – LA Corporation

James Koh expressed Petaling BC’s gratitude to their sponsors Platinum Victory, Top Glove, Sports Arena during the token of appreciation presentation ceremony. Platinum Victory, a leading property developer in Setapak’s township is the main sponsor for Petaling BC this season. 

In addition to the Purple League tournament, Platinum Victory will be collaborating with Petaling BC to further develop the game of badminton in Malaysia. A Badminton Talent Search programme to nurture promising young talent for national glory will be revealed in January. Platinum Victory was represented by Mr Gan Yee Hin, Executive Director at the event. 

A short but exciting match-play between players, sponsors and selected fans
“We’ve a healthy balance of established stars and upcoming talent for this 5th edition of the tournament. This bodes well for our club for this season and for the coming years. A big shout-out to Ismail Saman, our team manager & chief coach and entire team for all the hard work and preparation ahead of the tournament,” James Koh added.

O’dea, Petaling BC’s mascot was also unveiled at the press conference. The mascot in the shape of a deer – befitting its name – pumped up the crowd with playful antics. O’dea is the first ever mascot in Malaysia’s badminton club history. Several lucky fans also had the opportunity to pit their badminton skills with Petaling BC’s elite players during the friendly match-play session held at the event. 

I took a picture with O’dea, the Petaling BC’s mascot

The Malaysia Purple League was founded by Dato’ Jack Koh in 2014 as a platform in support of the Malaysian badminton scene while raising the standard of badminton proficiency and contributing towards creating future champions for the country. The league is thus named due to purple long being a symbolic colour associated with royalty, power, and courage. 

It is 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. Stage 1 & 2 of the Purple League is played in a round-robin format, while the Finals from 24-27 January 2019 is a knock-out format. Below are the players list for Petaling BC.

Formed in 2006 as a badminton academy in Old Klang Road first, today, Petaling BC is the oldest and founding club for Purple League in Malaysia. For more information regarding its ongoing activities, log on to:

.: Peace Out :.


  1. Hopefully there will be young potential coming out soon!

  2. I have no hand-eye coordination so admire anyone who does. ;-)

    1. I used to play a lot of badminton during primary school... now I am like headless chicken running in the court. LOL

  3. If only I could master badminton..... Happy 2019, Henry!

    1. There's still time, Shirley. Happy new year to you too!

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