Aik Mong, 70, died following a battle with liver cancer.
While expressing sadness over the news, the King hoped Tan’s family would remain strong and persevere during this testing time.
“His service, dedication and contribution to the country, especially to badminton in Malaysia is greatly appreciated, and his passing is a great loss to the country.
“He was a legend who had made the country proud on the world stage in the 1960s and 1970s,” read the post on the Istana Negara’s official Instagram account.
Penangite Aik Mong was a singles and doubles player with the national team from 1966 to 1975.
He represented Malaysia in the 1972 Thomas Cup Finals, won the 1971 Asian Championships title and won medals in two SEA Games.
He was also the national coach having trained the Sidek brothers namely Misbun, Jalani and Razif in the 1980s.
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