Fallen he­roes/Dearly de­parted:

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Not ev­ery­thing this year has been a joy as Malaysia lost two of its most iconic ath­letes — (from left) bearded hur­dler Ish­tiaq Mubarak and pony­tailed hockey player Chua Boon Huat and young bas­ket­baller Jacky Ng Kiat Kee. Three-time Olympian Ish­tiaq who rep­re­sented Malaysia at the Games in Mex­ico City (1968), Mu­nich (1972) and Mon­treal (1976) — mak­ing the semi fi­nals that year — was one of the most colour­ful sport­ing char­ac­ters the coun­try has ev­ery pro­duced. He passed away on Aug 9. He was 65. Equally an ef­fer­ves­cent char­ac­ter, 33year-old Boon Huat, one of the long­est serv­ing play­ers in the na­tional team, passed away on Aug 1 when his Pro­ton Per­dana col­lided with a wa­ter tanker that was wa­ter­ing plants along the LDP near the Ke­lana Jaya LRT sta­tion. Cager Jacky, 25, passed away in China on July 28 af­ter a heart at­tack.

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