Former Malaysian Women’s Hockey Association president Tok Puan Zainon dies at 85

Former Malaysian Women’s Hockey Association president Tok Puan Zainon dies at 85

Tok Puan Zainon Hussein, who was the wife of former politician, the late Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, had served as MWHA president from 1973-1986. — Picture from Facebook/Olympic Council of Malaysia

Thursday, 28 Jul 2022 10:37 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — Former Malaysian Women’s Hockey Association (MWHA) president Tok Puan Zainon Hussein died today, leaving the national hockey arena in mourning. She was 85.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary-general Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, when contacted by Bernama, said she died at her residence in Mantin, Negri Sembilan, this morning.

“We are still waiting to hear from her family members on the cause of her death. What we know is that the passing of Tok Puan Zainon is a big loss to the nation’s sports industry.

“She had contributed so much, especially to the sport of hockey. She had carried out various development programmes as well elevated women’s participation in hockey,” he said.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) deputy president Prof Datuk S. Shamala also described Tok Puan Zainon’s passing as a huge loss, having played a big role in developing women’s hockey in the country.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak described Tok Puan Zainon, who is his aunt, as a caring person.

“After my father died, she would always spend time with my mother and the rest of us. She was a very loving and loyal person,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Tok Puan Zainon, who was the wife of former politician, the late Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, had served as MWHA president from 1973-1986.

During her time at the MWHA, she introduced the National Championships for the Tengku Budriah Trophy and Malaysia hosted the Third Women’s Hockey World Cup in 1983.

The national women’s team also made history when they bagged bronze at the Ninth Asian Games in New Delhi, India in 1982 when the MWHA were still under her leadership.

In 2019, she was named the recipient of the OCM Women and Sports Award for her services and contributions to the development of sports in the country. — Bernama