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Saturday, September 10, 2011

All-England champ David Choong passes away

Sulaiman Kamal | 11:55 PM | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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GEORGE TOWN (Sept 10, 2011): Malaysian badminton has lost another of its illustious shuttlers with the passing away of former All-England doubles badminton champion Datuk David Choong Ewe Leong.
David, 82, died at his Tanjong Tokong home here at 6.30am and leaves behind a wife, three sons and a daughter.

David and his partner Datuk Eddy Choong, who was his younger brother, clinched the All-England men's doubles titles three consecutive years, from 1951 to 1953.
According to Eddy, David suffered a stroke 15 years back but managed to recover a few years later.
He said David had been in coma the last nine years after he suffered a second stroke.
"We were extremely close since he was my partner in badminton and we trained together. We were also in England together for 10 years," he told Bernama when contacted here today.
He said his brother's death was a big loss, not only to the family, but to the country as a whole.
David also shared the All-England mixed doubles crown with June White Timperly in 1953.
In politics, David was a former state executive councillor.
He was the only Alliance politician to have won in the 1961 Penang City Council elections, introduced under the Local Government Election Act, on an MCA ticket.
David's wake will be held at his house in Pantai Molek here.

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