PETALING JAYA: Former National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong has passed away this morning. He was 62.
Zolkples was reportedly found dead at his home in Pandan Indah, but the cause of death is not immediately known yet, said a statement released by the NSC earlier today (Sunday).
Apart from helming the NSC, he had also served as the secretary of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) from 2000-2002 and chief executive officer of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games organising committee (MASOC).
He has worked under several Sports Ministers and had genuine interest in the development of sport.
NSC director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said the sports fraternity mourned the passing of Zolkples.
"We are shocked and sad. I had considered him as a mentor, brother and friend. He had contributed immensely to the Malaysian sport," said Shapawi.
Former National Sports Institute chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz said Zolkples had left a huge and exemplary legacy for Malaysian sports.
"He lived his life deeply committed and immersed in his roles and responsibilities," said Dr Ramlan in his Facebook posting.
"We struggled together as colleagues working for progress and success in the nation's sport...we respected and held each other in proper measure of esteem and friendship. I will miss him truly."
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam said: "I've known Datuk Seri since TPCA/Raja Muda Stadium days. A man who was passionate about sports development in the country. He did a wonderful job as MSN DG and later as the head of SEA Games organising committee. A good and sincere person. Will miss you my friend."
DATUK SERI ZOLKPLES EMBONG
Date of birth: Feb 29, 1959
Place of birth: Dungun, Terengganu
1971-1973: Tengku Intan Zaharah Secondary School, Dungun
1974-1977: Alam Shah Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur
1978-1982: Degree in Social Science, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
1982: Sports officer, Sports Ministry
1984: Sports development officer (athletes’ preparation division), NSC
1987: Deputy director development division, NSC
1992: Director of the management division, NSC
2006: Deputy director general, NSC
2007: Director general, NSC
2014: Chief executive officer, MASOC