Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chua Boon Huat: Champion, inspiration - The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Hockey fans, sportsmen and even non-followers of the sport paid tribute to national player Chua Boon Huat who died in a car crash early Thursday.

Chua, 33, inspired youngsters to take up hockey as @ScottLeeYM tweeted: "CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. He was the reason why I played hockey in Standard Five. RIP Chua Boon Huat. Waking up to such a bitter news."

@adreenazman tweeted: "You influenced me a lot when i was in school hockey team. RIP Chua Boon Huat."

Chua, 33, was killed in an accident on the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) early Thursday. He was driving towards Damansara at about 2.30am when his Proton Perdana V6 collided with a water tanker that was watering the plants along the road.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin @Khairykj tweeted his condolences: "Sad to hear about the passing of Chua Boon Huat, national hockey star, in a traffic accident. Condolences to his family".

In a posting on his Facebook page, Khairy added: "He was a hockey star who brought glory to the nation's name at an international level, and was an excellent athlete who was disciplined, always positive, and an inspiration to young players. Thank you, Boon Huat. Your service will always be remembered by the nation." 

National cyclist and three-time Olympian Josiah Ng @JosiahCyclist: "Condolences to Chua's friends and family. Such tragedy to pass at the prime of his life. May you rest in peace."

For national squash player Mohd Azlan Iskandar @azziskandar, it was a bitter morning: "Woke up to the saddest news ... RIP Chua Boon Huat ... A friend and a national hero ... Longest-serving hockey player in my generation".

National bowler Zandra Aziela @ZandraAziela said her goodbyes: "If only I could tell you one last time of how much respect I have in you and the team. Sigh. A major loss to the country. RIP Chua Boon Huat."

Singer Nita Hamzah (@nitahamzah) called it shocking news and included a happy picture of the two: "Rest In Peace My Friend Marcus Chua Boon Huat ... You gone too soon friend …". 

Many others honoured Chua's contributions to the nation. 

@daveencypini tweeted: Today one of Malaysian hockey biggest names with over 300 appearances for Malaysia passed away. You will be remembered Chua Boon Huat.

@firdausapandi tweeted: "Chua Boon Huat brought much glory and honour to Malaysia. Heroes never die, they turn into legends #RIPChuaBoonHuat".

Chua's track record made him a household name even for those who were not fans of the sport.

@HarizGhazalli tweeted: "I didn't follow much on hockey, but then I knew him as a key figure in our national hockey team. Goodbye Chua Boon Huat."

@faridFared tweeted: "Chua Boon Huat was a great hockey player . Not a major fan of hockey but I watched him many times on TV and also on the field."
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