A wonderful ride

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A wonderful ride

Datuk Santokh Singh, 66

Former national footballer

Malay Mail had good sportswriters like Johnny Yew and Tony Mariadass. They criticised and praised us at the right moments.

Bakri Ibni, 66

Former national footballer

In the 1960s, my Perlis manager Idrus Ramli bought it everyday. All the players used to read his paper. Also the only paper that extensively covered English football.”

Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan, 75

Former national 100m, 200m record holder

Malay Mail gave us laurels when we did well but also kept us abreast on our competitors’ performances. This will be a landmark change for those of us brought up in the print media era.”

Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, 52

BA of Malaysia president

We’ll miss the print edition, especially the sports section. It produced prolific sportswriters and editors.”

Datuk Zaiton Othman, 58

Sports Commissioner

Still my favourite paper. Habit of reading from the back hasn’t changed.”

Datuk Mirnawan Nawawi, 47

Former national hockey captain

Ex-writer Mustapha Kamaruddin holds a special place in my heart. He covered me during my Royal Military College days and spotted my talent during school tournaments. Everyday at 11am, I waited for Malay Mail. Without reading it your day felt incomplete.”

Stephen van Huizen, 60

Former national hockey player and coach

Before the internet, Malay Mail was the fastest way to get the latest football scores. And who can forget the People’s Live Telecast Fund for the 1982 World Cup?”

Zainal Abidin Rawop, 51

Sports commentator

Top reporters like Tony Mariadass and Rizal Hashim covered the local scene. Hopefully there’ll be a future paper like Malay Mail.”

Shahrin Majid, 48

Former national footballer

It was the people’s paper. All races read it. It was from its articles I noticed my growing fanbase. Whenever my form dipped, I told myself to buck up as I didn’t want to disappoint the fans.”

Datuk Soh Chin Aun, 68

Former Harimau Malaya skipper

Malay Mail covered all sports, local and international. It produced many top writers too.”

Datuk M. Karathu, 75

Renowned football coach

Malay Mail was like the papers in England. It would preview games and another story came out post-match. Dedicated sportswriters attended trainings and spent a lot of time with the team.”

Compiled by R. Loheswar