Datuk Ng Boon Bee, a legendary badminton player, passed away at the age of 84 on Wednesday. He leaves behind his wife, Tong Yee Cheng, 85, and a daughter Gillian.
Datuk Ng Boon Bee formed one of the most dominant Men’s Doubles pairs of the 1960s and arguably of the century with Dato’ Tan Yee Khan. Datuk Ng Boon Bee and Dato’ Tan Yee Khan won two Men’s Doubles titles in both the Asian Games (1962, 1966) and the All England (1965, 1966) and a record-breaking six titles at the Malaysian Open (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968).
One of his greatest feats was to lead Malaysia to the Thomas Cup victory in 1967. Upon Dato’ Tan Yee Khan’s retirement, he formed a lethal partnership with Datuk Punch Gunalan to win numerous tournaments such as the 1970 Asian Games and the 1971 All England.