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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2008

Manulife Malaysia Awards Outstanding Athletes at Beijing Olympic Games

Kuala Lumpur– Worldwide Olympic Partner Manulife Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad (Manulife Malaysia) today presented cash prizes worth RM39,500 to 15 athletes for their outstanding performance at the recent Olympic Games in Beijing. The presentation took place at a special awards ceremony at Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur.

The cash prizes are awarded under the Manulife/Olympic Council of Malaysia Athletes of the Games programme, which began in 1995.

“Today, we would like to specially recognise the Manulife/Olympic Council of Malaysia ‘Athlete of the Games’ award recipients,” said Mr. Peter Robertson, President and CEO of Manulife Malaysia, in paying tribute to the Olympians.

“Competing at an Olympics pits our Malaysians athletes against the best in the world. These Athlete of the Games award recipients have demonstrated their ability to perform at the highest level and can be proud of their achievements,” added Mr. Robertson.

“Every athlete dreams of competing at the Olympic Games. It takes years of hard work, commitment and a passion to succeed to get there. The Manulife/OCM ‘Athlete of the Games’ Award, aims to help to motivate athletes towards achieving this goal by recognizing those that have excelled at international sporting events and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps,” said YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Ja’afar, President, Olympic Council of Malaysia.

The award recipients received their cash prizes from YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Ja’afar and Mr. Peter Robertson.

In this edition of the Manulife/Olympic Council of Malaysia Athlete of the Games Award programme, RM8,000 was awarded to Y.Bhg Dato’ Lee Chong Wei who won a silver medal in the Men’s Singles badminton category. Athletes who finished in 8th placing or entered the quarter-final or broke national records are presented RM2,250 each. The criteria for distribution of the cash award was jointly decided OCM and Manulife Malaysia.

“We want to thank Manulife Malaysia for the commitment towards sports development in this country. They have continuously come forward to reward outstanding athletes since this programme was first introduced in 1995 and their contribution is much appreciated by both our Malaysian athletes and the Olympic Council of Malaysia,” said YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Ja’afar.

Since 1995, Manulife Malaysia, as one of the official sponsors of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, has contributed more than RM489,500 to the development of sports in this country through the Manulife/Olympic Council of Malaysia Athletes of the Games programme. The programme has rewarded over 265 athletes for their performances at the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.

The full list of Manulife/Olympic Council of Malaysia Athlete of the Games recipients are:

SPORTNAMEPrize AwardAchievement at Beijing Olympics
BadmintonLee Chong WeiRM8,000 Silver medalist, Men’s Singles
Koo Kien Keat,
Tan Boon Heong
RM2,250 eachQuarter-finalists, Men’s Doubles
Wong Mew ChooRM2,250Quarter-finalist, Women’s Singles
Archery teamCheng Chu Sian, Muhammad Marbawi Sulaiman,
Wan Mohd Khalmisan Wan Abd. Aziz.
RM2,250 eachQuarter-finalists, team
SwimmingDaniel BegoRM2,250 Broke national 200m freestyle record
Siow Yi TengRM2,250Broke national 200m breaststroke record
CyclingMohd Azizulhasni Awang,
Mohd Rizal Tisin,
Josiah Ng Onn Lam
RM2,250 eachBroke national team sprint record.
TaekwondoChe Chew ChanRM2,2508th placing in the Women’s Category over 67kg
Elaine Teo Shueh FhernRM2,2508th placing in the Women’s Category under 57kg
WeightliftingAmirul Hamizan IbrahimRM2,2508th placing and broke national record in Men’s 56kg.

About Manulife Malaysia
Manulife Insurance (Malaysia) Berhad, established in 1963, is a member of Canada-based Manulife Financial Corporation. Manulife Malaysia offers an innovative range of financial protection and wealth management products and services to meet different customer needs. The company currently serves the needs of more than 270,000 policyholders and is one of the most financially sound life insurance companies in the country. Manulife Malaysia has been listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia since 1984. As at June 30, 2008, Manulife Malaysia’s assets under management were over RM3.0 billion.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$400 billion (US$393 billion) as at June 30, 2008.

Manulife Financial is one of two publicly traded life insurance companies in North America whose rated life insurance subsidiaries hold Standard & Poor’s Rating Services’ highest “AAA” rating and Moody’s Investor Services’ second highest “Aa1” rating, both representing financial strength.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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In Kuala Lumpur
Susan Ong
Tel: (03) 2719-9122
Email: Susan_Ong@manulife.com
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Catherine Battershill
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