Ng Boon Bee
Personal information
CountryMalaysia
Born(1937-12-17)17 December 1937
Ipoh, Perak, British Malaya
Died3 August 2022(2022-08-03) (aged 84)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Years active1960–1973
HandednessRight
EventMen's doubles & mixed doubles

Dato' Ng Boon Bee DPTJ AMN (Chinese: 伍文美; pinyin: Wǔ Wénměi; 17 December 1937 – 3 August 2022) was a Malaysian badminton player who excelled from the 1960s through the early 1970s. His success in doubles earned him recognition as one of greatest doubles players in badminton history.[1]

Early life

Boon Bee started to play badminton when he was ten years inspired by his badminton-playing father. His first success in badminton came in 1955 when he became Perak schoolboy champ in the singles and doubles. A year later, he won the Perak junior. He also excelled in all types of sports beside badminton such as athletics, tennis, rugby, and playing association football at the national level. It was some time in 1961 that he finally decided to concentrate on badminton.

Career

During the 1960s, Boon Bee and his partner, Tan Yee Khan formed one of the most successful men's doubles teams of the decade, winning most of the sport's biggest titles including the coveted All England, Asian Games and Asian Championships.[2] Known for his quickness, power, and anticipation, Boon Bee was a member of the Malaysian squad that won the 1967 Thomas Cup, in a 6–3 controversial victory over Indonesia at the Istora Senayan Stadium.[3]

After Yee Khan retired in 1969, Boon Bee formed a successful partnership with Punch Gunalan. One of their biggest achievements was beating Indonesia's combination of Rudy Hartono/Indra Gunawan in the 1971 All-England final. There were other accomplishments too, including winning the 1970 Bangkok Asian Games and 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.[4]

Achievements

Olympic Games (demonstration)

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1972 Olympiapark, Munich, West Germany Malaysia Punch Gunalan Indonesia Ade Chandra
Indonesia Christian Hadinata
4–15, 15–2, 11–15
Silver medal.svg
Silver

Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1962 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Indonesia Tan Joe Hock
Indonesia Liem Tjeng Kiang
15–13, 18–17
Gold
Gold
1966 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Indonesia Ang Tjin Siang
IndonesiaTjoa Tjong Boan
12–15, 15–8, 18–16
Gold
Gold
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Punch Gunalan Japan Junji Honma
Japan Shoichi Toganoo
5–15, 15–8, 15–7
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1970 Kittikachorn Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Sylvia Ng Thailand Achara Pattabongs
Thailand Bandid Jaiyen
Gold
Gold

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1962 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Malaysia Teh Kew San
Malaysia Lim Say Hup
15–9, 15–10
Gold
Gold
1969 Rizal Stadium, Manila, Philippines Malaysia Punch Gunalan Japan Ippei Kojima
Japan Yukinori Hori
Gold
Gold

Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1961 Yangon, Myanmar Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Thailand Narong Bhornchima
Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
15–8, 6–15, 15–10
Gold
Gold
1965 Selangor Badminton Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Thailand Narong Bhornchima
Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
15–8, 15–11
Gold
Gold
1967 Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Thailand Narong Bhornchima
Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
Gold
Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Punch Gunalan Malaysia Ng Tat Wai
Malaysia Ho Khim Kooi
Gold
Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1961 Yangon, Myanmar Malaysia Ng Mei Ling Thailand Pankae Phongam
Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
18–14, 8–15, 9–15
Silver
Silver
1965 Selangor Badminton Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Teh Siew Yong Malaysia Tan Yee Khan
Malaysia Rosalind Singha Ang
15–11, 15–5
Gold
Gold
1967 Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Teh Siew Yong Thailand Chirasak Champakao
Thailand Sumol Chanklum
6–15, 10–15
Bronze
Bronze
1969 Yangon, Myanmar Malaysia Rosalind Singha Ang Malaysia Khaw Gaik Bee
Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe
Gold
Gold
1971 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Rosalind Singha Ang Malaysia Ng Tat Wai
Malaysia Teh Mei Ling
Silver
Silver

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1966 Kingston, Jamaica Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Malaysia Tan Aik Huang
Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe
14–15, 5–15
Silver
Silver
1970 Edinburgh, Scotland Malaysia Punch Gunalan Malaysia Ng Tat Wai
Malaysia Tan Soon Hoi
15–3, 15–3
Gold
Gold

International tournaments

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1963 Malaysia Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Malaysia Teh Kew San
Malaysia Lim Say Hup
14–17, 15–9, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1965 All England Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Denmark Erland Kops
Malaysia Oon Chong Jin
15–7, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1966 Denmark Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Malaysia Tan Aik Huang
Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe
15–13, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1966 All England Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Denmark Finn Kobberø
Denmark Jørgen Hammergaard Hansen
9–15, 15–9, 17–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1966 Canadian Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Denmark Svend Pri
Malaysia Yew Cheng Hoe
12–15, 15–1, 17–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1966 U.S. Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan United States Don Paup
United States Jim Poole
15–6, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1967 Singapore Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Indonesia Indratno
Indonesia Mintarja
15–3, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1967 Denmark Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Denmark Svend Pri
Denmark Per Walsøe
8–15, 18–16, 17–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1967 Malaysia Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Indonesia Indratno
Indonesia Mintarja
15–9, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 All England Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Denmark Henning Borch
Denmark Erland Kops
6–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1968 Malaysia Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Japan Ippei Kojima
Japan Issei Nichino
11–15, 15–9, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 Singapore Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Thailand Sangob Rattanusorn
Thailand Chavalert Chumkum
15–9, 15–1 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1968 German Open Malaysia Tan Yee Khan Thailand Sangob Rattanusorn
Thailand Chavalert Chumkum
15–9, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 U.S. Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Japan Ippei Kojima
Thailand Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–3, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1969 Singapore Pesta Malaysia Punch Gunalan Indonesia Indratno
Indonesia Mintarja
15–5, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Poona Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Malaysia Lee Kok Pheng
Malaysia Lim Shook Kong
15–4, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 German Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Germany Roland Maywald
Germany Willi Braun
15–12, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Denmark Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Indonesia Rudy Hartono
Indonesia Indra Gunawan
11–15, 15–4, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 All England Malaysia Punch Gunalan Indonesia Rudy Hartono
Indonesia Indra Gunawan
15–5, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Canada Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Thailand Raphi Kanchanaraphi
Thailand Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
15–10, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 U.S. Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan United States Don Paup
United States Jim Poole
2–15, 18–13, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 Denmark Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Thailand Sangob Rattanusorn
Thailand Bandid Jaiyen
15–6, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 German Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan England Derek Talbot
England Elliot Stuart
15–9, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1972 Singapore Open Malaysia Punch Gunalan Malaysia Tan Aik Huang
Malaysia Tan Aik Mong
11–15, retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1967 Singapore Open Malaysia Rosalind Singha Ang Indonesia Darmadi
Indonesia Minarni
4–15, 5–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1969 Canada Open Indonesia Retno Koestijah Indonesia Darmadi
Indonesia Minarni
5–15, 15–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1970 Singapore Open Malaysia Sylvia Ng Thailand Chirasak Champakao
Thailand Pachara Pattabongse
15–11, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Poona Open Malaysia Sylvia Ng Netherlands Joke van Beusekom
Netherlands Piet Ridder
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Canada Open Malaysia Sylvia Ng Canada Rolph Patterson
Canada Mimi Nilsson
15–11, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1971 Singapore Open Malaysia Sylvia Ng Thailand Thongkam Kingmanee
Thailand Bandid Jaiyen
15–6, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Awards

Honours

Personal life and death

Boon Bee is the third child from five siblings. He was married to Tong Yee Cheng. Together they had 2 children – Gillian and Thomas. Thomas was named after the prestigious Thomas Cup.[10]

On 3 August 2022, he died at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital due to aneurysm.[11]

References

  1. ^ Pat Davis,The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 107.
  2. ^ "Yee Khan: Good understanding the key to our success – Other Sports | The Star Online". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J.A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 78, 84.
  4. ^ "Other Sport: Boon Bee recalls the joy of his partnership with Punch | The Star". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ "» Anugerah Sukan Negara Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia | National Sports Council of Malaysia". www.nsc.gov.my. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ "BWF Hall of fame members".
  7. ^ "Thomas Cup teams among new inductees into OCM Hall of Fame – Badminton | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  9. ^ "Former doubles ace Boon Bee receives Datukship". The Star. 19 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Malaysian Sports' Loose Cannon: Datuk Boon Bee, finally". rizalhashim.blogspot.my. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ Noorshahrizam, Shahrin Aizat (3 August 2022). "Malaysian Thomas Cup legend Ng Boon Bee dies aged 84". Malay Mail. Retrieved 3 August 2022.