KLANG: Badminton icon Datuk Lee Chong Wei recalled how he had gone all macho when the obstetrician asked him if he was ready for his wife’s caesarean delivery, and if he could snip the umbilical cord.“I murmured to myself, ‘How dare he look down on me when I’d cut racquet strings millions of times in my life? Potong saja ape susah? (I need only cut it, how difficult can it be?)’” Lee wrote in a Facebook post on Valentine’s Day.

When the time finally came for him to cut the umbilical cord of his firstborn son Kingston, in 2013, Lee said he turned to “jelly” the moment he held the scissors.

The 39-year-old said he realised how much his wife, former national shuttler Datin Wong Mew Choo, 38, must love him to have undergone so much to deliver their two boys.

“I must be very handsome for her to love me so much,” he quipped in the post.

Lee narrated how in awe he was to see Wong soldiering on gallantly when carrying their sons.

“She had to check her diet. She had to change her lifestyle. She had to make sure the baby grew well in the womb,” said Lee.

He added that she also had to “soak in” the advice from friends and relatives, some of which made sense while others did not.

He marvelled at how she bore the baby steadily for nine months as opposed to him not being able to hold a pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord.


“Without her, there won’t be me and my two boys,” said Lee.

Their younger son is Terrance, seven.

This is not the first time Lee has openly declared his affection and admiration for Wong.

In November 2019, the badminton legend paid tribute to his other half on the seventh anniversary of their marriage by posting a lengthy note on his social media account.

“More than 16 years later, she is now the mother of my two beautiful sons. Happy 7th wedding anniversary to my wife. I became the luckiest guy on earth when you agreed to be my wife,” he wrote then.