The President, Executive Board and Management of the OCM expressed their deepest condolences to the family members of Dato’ Ng Boon Bee, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, at the age of 84.
Dato’ Ng Boon Bee was very enthusiastic about sports throughout his life time. His sporting career developed during his school days in the St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh. Besides being a “champion” in Badminton, he was also selected to represent the country in Football and Rugby.
He had contributed tremendously to the development of Badminton in Malaya/Malaysia since the 1950s. He was an expert in the Men’s Double event for having won numerous international championships for Malaya/Malaysia as follows:
1. Malaya/Malaysia Open: 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 & 1970
2. Singapore Open: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969
3. All India Championships: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965 & 1966
4. All England Championships: 1965, 1966 & 1970
5. Denmark Open: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 & 1972
6. German Open: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 & 1972
7. US Open: 1966, 1967 & 1969
8. Belgium Open: 1967 & 1970
9. Norway Open: 1967 & 1970
10. Canada Open: 1971
He was also crowned with the title of “Asian Champion” in 1962. He had played for the Thomas Cup, the World Men’s Team Championship, four times and was one of the members of the team who had won the Thomas Cup in 1967.
He had participated in the following Multi-Sport Games under the jurisdiction of FMOC/OCM:
a. 2nd SEAP Games Rangoon 1961 (Gold)
b. 3rd SEAP Games Kuala Lumpur 1965 (Gold)
c. 4th SEAP Games Bangkok 1967 (Gold)
a. 4th Asian Games Jakarta 1962 (Gold)
b. 5th Asian Games Bangkok 1966 (Gold)
c. 6th Asian Games Bangkok 1970 (Gold)
a. VIII British Empire and Commonwealth Games Jamaica 1966 (Silver)
b. IX British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh 1970 (Gold)
He had also participated in the XX Olympic Games Munich 1972, when Badminton was first introduced to the Olympics as one of the Demonstration Sports.
Based on his outstanding achievements, he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year Award 1968 by the Government of Malaysia. He had also been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Badminton World Federation (1998) and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (2004).
In recognition for his great contributions in the sport of Badminton, he was conferred the Darjah Dato’ Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar (D.P.T.J.) which carries the title of Dato’ by the Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman on 19th July 2008.
The demise of Dato’ Ng Boon Bee is a great loss to the sporting fraternity in Malaysia. May his soul rest in peace.