FAREWELL TO A NATIONAL HERO: Boon Huat’s coffin, wrapped in Jalur Gemilang, leaves the house. Picture by sports247.my
The remains of national hockey player Chua Boon Huat have been put to rest at the Malacca Memorial Park today.
In a touching farewell, Boon Huat’s funeral was attended not only by the national hockey set-up but also former players and officials.
Even athletes from other sports, such as highjumper Lee Hup Wei, hurdler Noraseela Khalid and footballer S. Subramaniam paid their last respects to Malaysia’s most capped hockey player.
National coach Paul Revington and manager George Koshy each said a few words before the body left the house and were visibly shaken by the death of one of Malaysia’s favourite hockey players.
Relatives and friends were dressed in black t-shirts with ‘We love Chua Boon Huat’ in the front and his favourite no. 3 on their backs.
Some came in yellow shirts of the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC), the team Chua represented in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL), with CBH and no. 3 on their backs.
The funeral also saw a very mixed crowd. With Indians, Malays and Sikhs among the numerous friends who came to pay their last respects, you will not guess it was a funeral for an ‘Apek’, as Boon Huat was fondly called by his teammates.
Malaysia was sent into a shock on Thursday morning after hearing the news of Boon Huat’s fatal car crash in the early hours of the day.
Boon Huat, 33, was part of the team preparing for the Asia Cup in Ipoh later this month. He had an illustrious career in the sport, having played at all major tournaments including the Olympic Games (Sydney 2000) and the World Cup (KL 2002), and donned the national colours a record 337 times.
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