The Perak state government expressed its condolences to the family of national badminton legend Datuk Ng Boon Bee, who died of an aneurysm at the age of 84 on Wednesday.
Executive Councillor for Youth and Sports, Communication and Multimedia, Khairul Shahril Mohamed said the passing of the badminton legend was felt by all Malaysians, especially Perak.
“I think this is a big loss for everyone. The deceased was one of the national sports legends who was born in this state.
“Not only contributing to the development of badminton but also football and is a catalyst for other sports in the state.
“We are really saddened by his passing and we will see what is appropriate for us to commit to his family,” he said.
He said this at a press conference after the Launching Ceremony of the Kinta Innovation and Creativity Technology Entrepreneur Organisation (PUTIK), SIL Programme and Stopover Application here on Thursday.
Boon Bee was born in Ipoh and died at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (HPRB) at 4pm.
He leaves a widow, Tong Yee Cheng, 85, who is also a former badminton player, and a daughter, Gillian.
Ng represented the golden era of badminton in the 60s and 70s and shone in the men’s and mixed doubles events between 1960 and 1973.
He won 17 gold medals in various major tournaments.
By Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali