PETALING JAYA: Former national hockey defender Abdul Rahim Ahmad has passed away at the Klang General Hospital. He was 59.
He was taken to the hospital after a bout of severe coughing, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The retired Klang Municipal Council health officer leaves behind a wife and four children.
Rahim, who featured in the 1982 World Cup in Bombay, also won a bronze with the national team at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.
He also won the gold medal in the Jakarta SEA Games in 1979 and a runners-up medal in the 1980 Inter-Continental Cup.
He had 62 international caps and played for Selangor from 1974 to 1992. He also featured for Perak in the Razak Cup competition.
Rahim came from a family of hockey players. His brothers – Amir Fuad and Mohamed Yazid – are former national players.
Rahim was an affable person and always willing to help others.
He was buried at the Sungei Udang cemetery in Kampung Delek, Klang, after the zohor prayers.
He was also a former vice-president with the Selangor Hockey Association and kept himself active on the hockey scene until his death.
SHA secretary P. Kugenesan said that Rahim had worked hard for the association and would be remembered for his duty to the national and state teams as a hockey player.
“He did a lot for the state and was involved in the game even after he had retired from Klang MC. He would always step up to help when needed.
“He had also encouraged young kids to take up the game and gave them advice. His death is a great loss to the game.”
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