THE late Chua Boon Huat was posthumously awarded the Bintang Cemerlang Melaka (BCM) during the state awards ceremony in conjunction with the 75th birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.The elder brother of the former national hockey player, Alif Nur Najmi Chua, 42, collected the award on his late brother's behalf during the third investiture held at Dewan Seri Negeri, Malacca, yesterday.
Boon Huat, who was one of Malaysia's longest serving players, was killed in a road accident along the Damansara-Puchong highway (LDP), near the Kelana Jaya LRT station on Aug 1.
Alif expressed gratitude to the state government for recognising his late brother's contribution to hockey even though he was no longer alive.
"My brother had contributed tremendously to the country in the sports arena and it is hoped that the award could be a motivation for young rising hockey players to emulate his spirit and discipline in training and tournaments," he said.
Also receiving the similar award was Malacca Berita Harian bureau chief, Amirullah Andi Nur.
The two were among 487 recipients who were conferred with various awards and titles