...they just wither and disappear...... and are forgotten?
Santokh Singh collapsed at his home on Nov 16 after suffering convulsions.
He is now recovering in hospital.
Santokh Singh was everyone's football hero. Along with Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun and R. Arumugam.
And those were the days of Malaysian diversity in sports. Well, in football. Yep -- Chinese boys wanted to be Mokhtar Dahari, Malay boys wanted to play like Santokh....you get my drift?
So, yeah. Until the news of him falling sick, he had remained a distant memory. I had never wondered even about what had become of Santokh Singh. Simply because "you don't hear of him..."
Those glory days of Malaysian sports (football!) in the 70s and 80s are memorable.
Okay. Here's a confession. In the 80s, I would take a lot of trouble to watch Selangor (football team) play in Merdeka Stadium.
Then, ....sports and all took a decline for reasons we all know but have not cared to address.
That aside, what of our great sportsmen and sportswomen who have retired?
For sure, thay have simply faded away.
What have we made of their contributions?
Do we have an active fund to help these former athletes, especially when they fall ill?
Here's the NST report.