PUTRAJAYA – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek described the death of veteran sports presenter Datuk Hasbullah Awang as a great loss to the country.
Shabery said the loss of the legendary sports presenter was irreplaceable because his voice, presentations and commentary involving local and international sporting events will remain etched in the hearts and soul of the Malaysian sports fraternity.
“His demise is a big loss to the nation, especially to sports because he has contributed a lot to the development of sports, in terms of broadcasting the events as well as providing constructive criticism, recommendations and comments.
“One aspect of sports development is certainly broadcasting and sports broadcasting need a good presenter and such presenters are difficult to find because it is inborn,” he told reporters after attending the launch of the AirTimeShare 2.0 Version, here today.
Shabery who offered his condolences to his family said he would also pay a visit to his family to pay his last respects.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah also said that Hasbullah’s death was a big loss to the country’s sports industry.
“He is a sports icon in his own way. Even from my younger days I knew him as a man with good sports knowledgeable. I also like the way he presents the live matches,” said Tengku Abdullah who was informed of Hasbullah’s death while chairing the FAM executive committee meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, today.
Upon news of his (Hasbullah) death, Tengku Abdullah rushed to the National Heart Institute (IJN) to pay his last respects.
Also at the IJN were Hasbullah’s comrade and veteran TV presenter/actor Datuk Rahim Razali and Malaysian Hockey Confederation senior vice president Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad.
Hasbullah leaves behind wife Datin Hazida Alang Ahmad, 58, four children and seven grandchildren.
His eldest daughter Jojiana, 37, when met by reporters said her father was passionate about his work and loved his job.
“He was so fatherly, loving, caring and very humble. People may thing he likes to talk a lot but he is actually a very shy person who was very dedicated to his work.
“Even when admitted at IJN, he asked for his laptop to type out some script,” she said.
According to Jojiana, Hasbullah had complained of pain in his leg and difficulty to walk.
“We rushed him to a clinic nearby and the doctor referred him to IJN. In IJN doctors found three blocks in his heart. He was supposed to undergo surgery on Tuesday but postponed to today. Surgery started at 8.30am but he passed away at about 12 noon due to complications in the heart,” she said. – BERNAMA