Goodbye Olympian Haziq Kamaruddin, veteran newsman Wong Sai Wan

It's the second day of Raya. I woke up to messages alerting me about the death of former boss and veteran newsman Datuk Wong Sai Wan.

It is understood Sai Wan, who was Malay Mail editor-in-chief, suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre at about 5am. He didn't make it. He was 59.

Sai Wan loved the newsroom as much as he loved golf, food and the Marvel character, Ironman. 

He suffered a stroke but that didn't stop him from having a positive outlook to life. During his days with The Malay Mail, he believed in empowering the younger generation. He was among those (including Frankie D'Cruz and Malay Mail owner Datuk Siew Ka Wei) who believed in me and made me the executive editor of the newspaper then.

Barely hours later, I received another shocking news that national archer Haziq Kamaruddin passed away.

Haziq, who would have turned 28 in July, represented Malaysia at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics (in the recurve men's event). He was also named the 2011 Johor Sportsman of the Year.

Astro Arena will be bringing updates regarding Haziq's passing. 

Thank you for your contributions, Haziq and Sai Wan. 

Al-fatihah dan salam takziah to Haziq's family. Rest in peace, Sai Wan.


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