Sport friendly state government of Penang will award a Datukship to badminton singles player Lee Chong Wei, 26, who won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas would confer the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN), which carries the title Datuk, on Lee on Aug 30.

“The state will award the DSPN to Penang’s first Olympic silver medallist, Bukit Mertajam home-grown talent Lee Chong Wei,” Lim told a press conference Wednesday.

Chong Wei said he was very happy and did not at all expect to get a Datukship for being a silver medallist.

“I thought that maybe, if I win the gold medal, I might be given Datukship. But no, I never expected it for the silver and was very surprised,” he said.

Chong Wei said he thought Chong Hoon was joking when he called him on Tuesday evening with the news.

“My thanks to the Penang state for fully supporting me,” he added.

Chong Hoon, 33, said he was proud of his brother and happy for him.