Football leg­end among those con­ferred ti­tles

New Straits Times - - News -

PEKAN: A na­tional football leg­end, a for­mer New Straits Times reporter and a 1980’s crooner were among 158 re­cip­i­ents of state awards and medals at Is­tana Abu Bakar here yes­ter­day.

N. Than­a­balan, 74, who was a Malaysian striker from 1960 to 1970, for­mer sports writer George Das, 70, and vet­eran singer Nassier Wa­hab, were all smiles af­ter the cer­e­mony, held in con­junc­tion with the Sul­tan of Pa­hang Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah’s 86th birth­day. They were re­cip­i­ents of the Dar­jah In­dera Mahkota Pa­hang (DIMP) award, which car­ried the ti­tle “Datuk”.

“I hope more sports­men, es­pe­cially veter­ans, will re­ceive awards in recognition of their ser­vice (to sports and the na­tion),” said Than­a­balan, who helped Malaysia score 3-0 in the fi­nal against then Asian pow­er­house, Burma (now Myanmar) in 1968.

Das said the award was a recognition to sports writ­ers. He was at­tached to the NST sports desk in Septem­ber 1976, leav­ing in 1982 to be in­volved in pub­lic re­la­tions with sport­ing bod­ies like Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Football As­so­ci­a­tion (FIFA).

“This is be­cause I had been on the other side of the pen,” he said in ref­er­ence to ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in sports writ­ing and sports-linked me­dia re­la­tions.

Nassier, 55, said the award was a sym­bol of ap­pre­ci­a­tion of artistes from the 1980s.

“For 32 years, I sang with the hope of earn­ing a de­cent liv­ing and that my work would be ap­pre­ci­ated,” said Nassier, who used to duet with singer Ram­lah Ram for the al­bum Sekali Aku Jatuh Cinta in 1988.

The awards were handed out by Re­gent of Pa­hang Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah.

DNC Asi­atic Hold­ings Sdn Bhd chair­man Datin Sri Feona Sim was among five who re­ceived the Sri Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah Pa­hang (SSAP) award, which car­ried the ti­tle “Datuk Seri”.

The oth­ers were for­mer Bukit Aman In­tegrity and Stan­dard Com­pli­ance Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Jalalud­din Ab­dul Rahman, United Panel-Sys­tem (M) Sdn Bhd di­rec­tors Datuk Dr Loh Cher Xiong and Tan Choon Nan, and Elite­soft Asia Sdn Bhd di­rec­tor Ee Chang Ku.

BER­NAMA PIC

Tengku Mahkota of Pa­hang Tengku Abdullah Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah con­fer­ring the Dar­jah In­dera Mahkota Pa­hang (DIMP) award on for­mer na­tional foot­baller N. Than­a­balan.

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