Monday, November 1, 2010

Rest in Peace Dato' Paul Murugasu

Dato' Thanapalan Paul Murugasu, the FA of Malaysia secretary from 1980 to 1985 passed away this morning (Monday).
Dato' Paul Murugasu, has been ill for sometime now and was 86 years-old.

In 2007,Dato' Paul Murugasu was given recognition as a sports administrator when he was inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of fame together five other administrators.
The other five inducted were:
DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
Tan Sri Dato' Seri P. Alagendra 

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Elyas Omar 
Dato' Tan Chin Nam 
Tunku Datuk Seri Adnan Tunku Besar Burhanuddin

Paul took over as secretary-general FA of Malaysia from Datuk Kwok Kin Keng (1951-1980) and Datuk Paul Mony Samuel took over from Paul Murugasu.

FA of of Malaysia other secretaries were:
  • Datuk Dell Akhbar Khan Hyder Khan (2000-2005)
  • Datuk Seri Ibrahim Saad (2005-2007)
  • Lt. Jen. (B) Datuk Azuddin Ahmad (current)
During the tenure of Dato' Paul Murugasu football was going through its glory days and was enjoyed by almost everyone in Malaysia.
Datuk Paul was born on 8 September 1924 in Kuala Lipis in Pahang. He had his primary education in Kampar, Perak and completed his Senior Cambridge at Anglo Chinese School in Ipoh.
He worked as a teacher from 1948 to 1959, beginning at Trade School in Kuala Lumpur and later at the Kajang High School before moving to the Pasar Road English School.
He joined the Election Commission in 1959 and served as the State Election Officer in Kota Bahru (1961-1965), Seremban (1965-1970) and Kuala Lumpur from 1970 until his retirement in 1974.
Datuk Paul joined FAM in 1973. He served his “apprenticeship” with the dynamic Datuk Kwok Kin Keng in FAM taking over in 1980. He held the post for seven years and served under two presidents – Tan Sri Dato’ Setia Raja Haji Hamzah bin Abu Samah and HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
He was honoured by the HRH Sultan of Pahang in 1983 and conferred a Datukship

Cortege leaves the residence:
No 1, Jalan 14/56, Petaling Jaya
today at 4pm.

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