Never question his nationalism, but for Indonesia's badminton coach, Hendrawan, enough is enough. Money, challenges and disappointments were the key factors leading to his recent resignation, from his position as the national coach for men's singles at the Indonesian Badminton Center in Cipayung, East Jakarta.
Hendrawan's decision was not without strong opposition. His fans immediately sent responses to his Facebook account. Most of them asked if he had lost his "love for Indonesia". Others wished him good luck in his new job training Malaysia's young players for the 2012 Olympics.
"Life is about making choices. But many people still can't understand why I have chosen to move to Malaysia," Hendrawan said Wednesday.
Hendrawan had only recently received his Republic of Indonesia Citizenship Certificate (SBKRI) in 2002, after then President Megawati Soekarnoputri intervened personally and ordered officials at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry push his paperwork forward. He had presented Indonesia with a silver medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a 2001 World Champion title and Thomas Cup men's team badminton championship titles three times.
Hence, Hendrawan wrote in his Facebook account, "Never question my nationalism."
Moving to Malaysia was not an easy decision for him to make. Hendrawan had asked for advice from his seniors - ranging from one of the country's badminton legends, Tan Joe Hock, motivator Andrie Wongso and his former physical trainer, Paulus Pasurney - to friends and some journalists.
The offer had come in 2005 with Malaysia setting its hopes on the 2012 London Olympics. The neighboring country has so far earned silver medals in the quadrennial event - in 1996 in the men's doubles with Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit, and in 2008 in the men's singles with Lee Chong Wei.
But Hendrawan, who became a women's singles coach in 2004, before switching to the men's singles in 2008, had turned down the offer because he had already promised himself to help his prot*g*es earn a medal at the Olympics. And he did help Maria Kristin Yulianti spoil China's ambition to clean sweep all medals in the women's singles in Beijing.