Lee Chong Wei who won silver united 28M msians despite losing to Lin Dan(China) in Olympics badminton. He plan to build badminton stadium to develop his country's future talents. Prize $$ circulate & stay in Malaysia. Talk about return on investment in Malaysia's case. Mutual respect between native born malaysian citizen & his country.
Different from mercenaries:
Malaysia has also won an olympic bronze medal in diving. This girl bought her dad a new Proton Exora from winnings in past competitons. Again $$ circulate & stay in Msia. Msia nurture & support their native talents. In return the winners repay back their home country's support which in this case this bronze winner supported Msia's car industry & suppliers- jobs. This is multiplier effect.
Different from foreign mercenaries who repatriate much of their S$ back home countries stimulate their economies.
I reckon that some Malaysians are laughing at S'pore's Pro Alien Party. Throw so much $$ to buy medals(2 bronze) with foreign imports & what is the return on investment? United nation or divided nation?