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Datuk for Santokh Singh, Sabiamad

KUALA LUMPUR, Monday 31 January 2011 (Bernama) -- Football legend Santokh Singh a/l Gurdial Singh and former national shooter Sabiamad Abdul Ahad conferred the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) which carries the title Datuk in conjunction with Federal Territories Day.

They are among 256 people who received their awards and medals from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at an investiture at Balairong Seri, Istana Melawati in Putrajaya.

Santokh, 59, partnered Datuk Soh Chin Aun in their heydays and regarded as Asia's best defence pair in the 1970s.

He once played alongside legends like Datuk Mokhtar Dahari, R. Arumugam and Soh in the 1970s and 1980s and represented the country at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and helped Malaysia qualified for the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

Santokh is still active in the sport and occasionally played for the veteran team.

Sabiamad, 55, now a businessman, was a national shooting athlete for more than a decade since 1981.

He retired in the 1990s, having dominated the air pistol event in Southeast Asia.

Other athletes conferred with awards are Putrajaya wushu coach Ho Ro Bin who received the Johan Mahkota Wilayah (JMW) while national karate-do coach P. Arivalagan, Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association secretary V. Rajamanickam and Federal Territories wushu chief coach Oh Poh Soon received the Kesatria Mahkota Wilayah (KMW).

Kuala Lumpur Handball Association honorary secretary S. Jayapalan received the Ahli Mahkota Wilayah (AMW) while Kuala Lumpur Amateur Athletics Association coach S. Arunandy and assistant treasurer of the Kuala Lumpur Football Association P. Chandran received the Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah (PPW).

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