PETALING JAYA: Datuk Hasbullah Awang, the voice of Malaysian sports, has passed away at the age of 63.
The former Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) sportscaster died at 12.20pm Thursday at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur.
Hasbullah began his career with RTM in 1974 and opted for early retirement in 1994. After his retirement, he worked for TV3 as well as Astro Arena.
Hasbullah was known for witty comments and his experience in covering major events like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and SEA Games. He won the Sri Angkasa best TV commentator award three times (1989, 1991, 2004).
Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, said the late Hasbullah was synonymous with Malaysian sports.
“Hasbullah had contributed a lot to the sports industry, especially football. We convey our condolences to his family,” said Tengku Abdullah.
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