In sports his career as a radio and television sports commentator he has covered five Olympic Games, six Asian Games, four Commonwealth Games,
numerous SEA Games from his first in 1959, five World Cup Football Finals, four World Cup Hockey finals, numerous Thomas Cup finals (beginning 1967), Davis Cup, Merdeka football tournaments, Malaysia Cup, and various other championships involving a variety of sports, including the live commentary for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship between Muhamad Ali and Joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur in 1975.
And it was the boxing fight which brings fond memories to Rahim.
“It was a memorable coverage because I got up close and personal with Muhamad Ali during my coverage of the event,” said Rahim.
“And on the day of the fight I was seated at the ringside commentary box and Ali before the fight and doing his “rope a dope” came to his corner and looked down at me. After a while he wiped his sweat and splashed it on me. My whole face was covered with Ali’s sweat,” laughed Rahim.
He said his other memorable moment was when he covered the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
“Marina Chin had just retired and we had roped her in to co-host the live commentary with me. While I thought her the ropes of broadcasting, she thought me what athletics was all about. It was a great learning curve.
“Also at the Games I covered the battle between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis and the triumph of Flo Jo. That was indeed memorable.”
He is also remembered of being an anchor for live coverage of the 1977 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games where he was on air for a goo 30 continuous hours.
He then spoke of his most frightening moment in sports commentary.
“It was the 1967 Thomas Cup final in Indonesia. Malaysia went to win its fourth title beating Indonesia but not before play was suspended with Malaysia leading 4-3 in a best of nine series because of unruly crowd.
“The Press Box was in the middle of the fans and I was threatened by the fans and asked to shut up or get out. It was really frightening and we had to be escorted out together with the Malaysian team by police.”
On current sports commentators, Razali said that most of them do not know their job.
“As a commentator one is to bring the game to the audience and give facts and figures to help them enjoy the broadcast be it radio or television.
“But these days commentators have become analyst with very little knowledge of the game or the qualification to comment.
“And the rule journalism is to avoid saying “I” but use “we’. But these days every is an expert.”
However, Rahim said that it was more challenging for commentators because the listens are more knowledgeable and have easy access to facts and figures. These days commentators cannot afford to make mistakes. And they will get calls or letters from the audience if they err.”
While he always remembered as the golden voice of sports commentary, Rahim is even more popular as an actor where he has won several distinguished awards both locally and international, has written and directed nine feature films since 1981, acted in 15 feature films, written and directed more than 50 drams for television, plays and series since 1985, acted in lead roles in more tha 100 television dramas (since 1967) and written and directed plays and played lead roles in English and Malay since 1967.
Indeed, Rahim is multi-talented personality who had excelled in all fields with distinction.
He is indeed a rare finding and will be forever be remembered as one-of-kind in the broadcasting industry.