PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian shooting community mourned the passing of two dedicated personalities of their sport yesterday.
Former national shooter Muslifah Zulkifli (pic) passed away in the morning due to complications from a lung infection.
News of the passing of the 35-year-old former SEA Games medallist was announced on the Facebook page of the National Sports Council (NSC).
Muslifah was previously part of the Podium Programme from 2015 to 2017 and was down with Covid-19 recently.
Her career highlight was winning bronze at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in the women’s rifle 50m prone team event alongside Nur Suryani Taibi and Nur Ayuni Farhana Halim.
Her former coach, Zamil Ahmad Murad said she drew her last breath at about 2.30am at the Penang Gleneagles Hospital after receiving treatment for almost two months.
“She was found positive for Covid-19 since September... at that time she was five months pregnant and her foetus died two weeks after she was warded in the hospital before the virus was detected in her lungs.”
NCS director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail expressed condolences on behalf of the Malaysian sports fraternity.
“On behalf of the sports fraternity, we are deeply saddened by her demise. We also want to thank Muslifah and her family for all her achievements in the national sports arena.
“She was a very dedicated athlete,” said Shapawi.
The deputy president of the National Shooting Association of Malaysia Tan Sri John Joe Raj or JJ Raj Jr also passed away due to old age.
JJ Raj is a retired police commissioner and recently celebrated his 100th birthday on July 27.
He has been involved in sports shooting for many decades due to his profession.