JAYA— Veteran singer Datuk Dahlan Zainuddin, who is recovering from a
stroke he sustained in July, sprang a surprise when he took to the mike at the
Ulu Kelang Recreation Club (UKRC) on Dec 3.
The 76-year-old and his wife, fellow singer Datin Effa Rizan,
attended a fellowship night organised by the club to pay tribute to Dahlan for
his contribution. It was also a time of get-together for participants of the
just-concluded 14th UKRC International Nines football tournament.
Prior to his stroke, Dahlan played regularly for the club’s
Touched by the warmth of the members and guests, the couple
performed joget numbers,Joget Kaki LimaandJangan Sampai Kehancuran. The crowd responded with a
Dahlan, inspired by their gesture, went on to belt a famous hit
from his 1975 debut album,Kisah Seorang Biduan.
At the end of the song, Dahlan said: “The camaraderie here moves
me. I don’t know many of you, including some from overseas. But this is the
fellowship found in this club.
“I have not tried singing since the stroke, but tonight, all of
you moved me to sing. And I think I did reasonably well, thanks to my wife,
“Tonight’s impromptu performance has given me the confidence to
come back to the stage again and hopefully, I will get better and be able to
give a better performance.”
In his heyday, Dahlan was either a formidable forward or a
creative midfielder. He first represented Selangor Indian Association in the
Selangor League before turning out for Starlight Club, Chui Lok, Belia Sinaran,
Mara and UKRC veteran’s team.
UKRC president Andrew Gopal said he was surprised that Dahlan
accepted their invitation as he hardly went out or attended functions after his
“We were pleasantly surprised when Dahlan’s wife called to say
they were coming,” said Andrew.
“We were even more surprised when he said he wanted to sing when
we called him to the stage to receive a memento from the club.”
The guests passed the hat around and collected almost RM2,000 to
assist Dahlan for his medical expenses.
This moved Dahlan to tears as he thanked everyone for their care
“I am touched and I thank each and everyone of you,” he said.
“When I decided to come for the fellowship tonight, I just wanted
to meet up with my old friends and support the football tournament. It is still
being organised despite the field having been taken away from the club.
“I hope their long-drawn battle to get back the field will be
The 14th UKRC International Nines football tournament was held at
Stadium Setiawangsa. Kwarta FC from Medan, Indonesia won the tournament for the
third consecutive time time beating HTC from Cambodia 4-1 in the final.