KUALA LUMPUR: Former Asian and nationwide rugby referee Okay Maniam, identified for his dedication to journey from Taiping, Perak, through bus and practice to officiate matches within the Klang Valley, has died.
Generally known as “Cikgu Maniam” within the fraternity for the reason that Nineteen Seventies, he died of most cancers at 9.20am at this time at his residence in Brickfields right here.
Malaysia Rugby president Shahrul Zaman Yahya stated Maniam, 77, was synonymous with Malaysian rugby and that he had devoted his life to assist develop the game within the nation.
“A really unhappy second for the sports activities fraternity. He was a long-serving official on the nationwide and regional ranges. He even officiated the matches my staff performed within the Nineteen Nineties.
“Cikgu Maniam additionally had an excellent popularity on the worldwide degree, particularly in Asian rugby. He guided and educated a lot of our native referees to officiate matches on the regional degree,” he informed Bernama.
In the meantime, Perak Rugby Union vice-president S Sevakumar described Maniam as a really devoted official, saying that he used to journey 260km utilizing public transport to referee matches within the Klang Valley, when he was serving as a trainer at SMK King Edward VII and headmaster at SJK(T) YMHA in Taiping.
Maniam began his refereeing profession in 1975, officiating school-level matches and later gaining recognition to turn out to be a nationwide and Asian-level referee within the Eighties. He additionally officiated the 1985 Asia Cup.
He retired as a referee in 1990 however continued to serve in varied roles until his final breath. Amongst them had been as teaching match official, assessor and citing commissioner.
For his contributions, Maniam was awarded the Asian Rugby’s “Carlson Lin” Match Officiating Award in 2014.
The final rites shall be carried out tomorrow earlier than cremation on the Cheras Crematorium.