As usual the competition starts with a group stage followed by a knockout stage.
Lee then took to the court himself and doubled the scoreline after crushing Johnnie Torjussen 21-4, 21-15.
National coaching director Wong Choong Hann said the team would not concede defeat before trying.
Only six teams compete in Group 1 until 2003 before it is increased to 8 in 2005 and later to 12 teams in 2011.
Then in Eindhoven, Holland, Malaysia toppled the fancied Japan 3-2 thanks to victories from Yeoh Kay Bin, Wong Mew Choo and Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah.
The other semi-final match-up will be between China and South Korea at 3pm Saturday Mas time.