Face-to-face with my scrapbook hero, Tan Aik Huang

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When I was a kid, my ambition was to become an All-England badminton champ. Sadly, I never made it past the older guys to become local street champ, and my budding badminton career soon faded. But coming face-to-face with my boyhood scrapbook hero, Tan Aik Huang, 1966 All-England champ and 1967 Thomas Cup winner, has more than made up for my unfulfilled dream.

To clinch the 1966 title, Aik Huang had to overcome two Danish stars, multiple winner Erland Kops and Svend Pri (who tragically took his life years later).

And this was the final, where Aik Huang trounced Masao Akiyama of Japan:

Aik Huang is a humble, unassuming guy, who shared tales of Malaysia’s dramatic 1967 triumph over Indonesia amidst chaotic scenes inside the indoor stadium in post-Confrontation Jakarta. Three armed paramilitary police personnel provided security inside the Malaysian team’s changing room, revealed Aik Huang.

This triumph took place in an era when a galaxy of stars – Erland Kops, Svend Pri, Tan Aik Huang and Rudy Hartono – ruled the roost.

If the 1966-67 story was turned into a movie, it would definitely give Ola Bola a run for its money! Ever modest, Aik Huang, however, felt that Malaysians would be better able to relate to a movie depiction of the more recent 1992 Thomas Cup victory instead. Read: What next after Ola Bola? Wanton Badminton?

But there’s a story waiting to be told to a new generation of Malaysians about the sheer grit, sacrifice and courage that went into that magnificent 6-3 Thomas Cup victory in the intimidating cauldron of the Istora Senoyan Stadium.

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Berny Johns
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Berny Johns

You are still a champion Anil Netto

Mohd Khalis
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Mohd Khalis

Where is the Datukship for this hero? Others who have contributed less for our nation glory easily got the recognition and awards.

Utopia
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Utopia

A true badminton hero will never get knocked out in the first round in the All-England.

lim
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Dear Mohd Khalis,

You are a believer of these … titleships ?

Tabik Kopi O
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Tabik Kopi O

These days badminton player like Lee Chong Wei going into Housing Development projects, not sure if he cares to build affordable humble homes at Bukit Mertajam upon his retirement after Olympics?

Sugu
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Sugu

Now you know why Chong Wei is a MCA member … to get biz contract(?)

Utopia
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Utopia

Astro Shaw could engage Anil as a scriptwriter or consultant should they wish to film Ola Badminton.

Phua Kai Lit
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Phua Kai Lit

I remember those great days and the badminton stars from those time

Tan Aik Huang, Ng Boon Bee, Abdul Rahman Mohammad, Punch Gunalan etc.

The women too e.g. Rosalind Singha Ang, Sylvia Ng

tunglang
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tunglang

Jumping & Smashing! Ng Boon Bee – the comparable icon to Moktar Dahari’s bazooka free kick!
Those were the 60’s days when badminton matches were sure-to-win excitement than today’s play-like-Arctic-weather – can win & can also lose very early! & also perennial phobic to China’s Lin Dan.

Utopia
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Utopia

LCW can always call Rosmah for morale boosting tip before playing Lin Dan, in his quest for the elusive Gold in the Olynmpics.
http://www.badminton-information.com/chong-wei-called-rosmah-to-boost-his-morale.html