Death – Former footballer and coach M. Kuppan passes away at age 84

Death – Obituary

PETALING JAYA: Former national footballer and coach Datuk M. Kuppan has passed away at the age of 84.

Kuppan, who suffered from osteoarthritis, passed away on Thursday (Dec 30) at 5.30pm in Kuala Lumpur.

The funeral will be held in his home state, Penang, on Friday (Dec 31).

In his first season with Penang in 1957, Kuppan lifted the Malaysia Cup.

In the same year, he also earned a call-up to the national team that went on to win the Merdeka Cup.

He represented Malaysia for eight years until 1965 and featured in 10 seasons for Penang before injury forced him to retire in 1967.

Once his playing career was over, Kuppan turned to coaching and helmed the national team from 1972-78. Malaysia lifted the Thailand King’s Cup trophy twice in 1975 and 1976, and also the Merdeka Cup in 1976 under his tenure.

As coach of Penang (1972-74), he led the islanders to their fourth Malaysia Cup title in 1974.

It remains the state’s final triumph in the country’s oldest football competition.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.