KUALA KANGSAR, Nov 11 ― It was a moment of joy for 1961 SEAP Games gold medallist Ng Kah Liew, who was bestowed the Ahli Mahkota Perak (AMP) award at the investiture ceremony here today.
The award was presented to Ng, who turns 80 this year, by Sultan Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at the Istana Iskandariah.
The octogenarian said the feeling of receiving the AMP equalled the elation he felt when winning gold in the javelin event during the Rangoon Games 56 years ago.
“It was a dream come true for me. Finally, my contribution to the country has been recognised and not forgotten.
“I’m humbled and thankful to receive this award and I thank Malay Mail for their effort in highlighting my plea to the authorities,” he said when met after the investiture ceremony.
Another veteran athlete who received the AMP award was former Olympian Josephine Mary Singarayar.
“I’m really proud to receive this award. The state has always supported and recognised athletes like us.
“I dedicate this award to my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t have achieved all this,” she said.
Josephine had won four golds, two silvers and one bronze in her participation in SEA Games for five times from 1983 to 1993.
She was also nominated as the national sportswoman of the year for four straight years from 1988.
Josephine also represented the country for the Commonwealth Games in 1990 in New Zealand.
She is currently coaching athletics at the National Sports Council.