Source: China Press
A Remarkable Journey: Derrick Gan's Unforgettable Sacrifice for Harimau Malaya
BY: Michelle Liew
In the world of sports fandom, there are supporters, and then there are individuals like Derrick Gan, whose unwavering dedication to the Malaysian national football team, Harimau Malaya, has not only captured the hearts of fans but has also become a viral sensation on social media.
Derrick's extraordinary story unfolded as he returned from Doha, Qatar, where he witnessed the thrilling football match between Malaysia and South Korea. The surprises began the moment he touched down at KLIA airport, thanks to a thoughtful gesture from the 3 Pagi Era radio host, Radin.
The unexpected highlight of Derrick's homecoming was the presentation of a Modenas Karisma scooter valued at RM5,400. This generous gift came from Modenas CEO, Roslan Roskan, as a token of appreciation for Derrick's selfless commitment to supporting the national team.
"I never expected to receive a scooter after returning from watching the football match in Doha between Malaysia and South Korea," the football superfan expressed his surprise. "I will use this scooter wisely and express my heartfelt thanks to Modenas and also Era radio for welcoming me back with such surprises."
For Derrick, the scooter holds sentimental value beyond its price tag. It symbolizes not only the joy of an extraordinary experience but also serves as a special birthday gift, celebrating his birthday on January 28.
Derrick's dedication to Harimau Malaya did not go unnoticed. During his homecoming, he had the opportunity to make a video call with Malaysia's goalkeeper, Syihan Hazmi. Syihan, impressed by Derrick's unwavering spirit, expressed pride in having such passionate supporters for the national football team.
What makes Derrick's story truly remarkable is the sacrifice he made to fund his journey to Doha. Prior to the trip, he sold his beloved motorcycle, demonstrating his commitment to witnessing the Asian Cup qualification football match live and providing wholehearted support to the Harimau Malaya team.
As we celebrate Derrick Gan's unique and heartfelt journey, it serves as a reminder of the profound impact that passionate fans can have on the sports community. His story is a testament to the power of sports to unite people, and his sacrifice echoes the sentiment that the truest fans go above and beyond to support the teams they love. Derrick Gan's remarkable adventure will undoubtedly be etched in the annals of Harimau Malaya fandom, showcasing the extraordinary lengths one fan is willing to go for the love of the game.