KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 -- The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today extended his condolences and sympathy to the family of Malaysia’s hockey legend Balasingam Singaram following his passing on March 21.
“I have heard of his extraordinary skills, passion, hard work and discipline for the game he so loved. He was indeed an inspiration to a nation that will forever be indebted to such a dedicated player.
“Our country has lost another legend and we mourn with you. But his legacy will live on in our hearts. He was a true son of Malaysia,” said His Majesty, according to Istana Negara in a statement today.
His Majesty also expressed his appreciation for Balasingam’s contribution to the country throughout his career.
Balasingam, or S. Bala died last night after battling with colon cancer for several years. He was 73.
He was part of the 16-man squad that made the country proud in the 1975 World Cup series with the best ever finish of fourth place in the world ranking.
He leaves behind wife, Indra and son, Kumar.
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