KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Cupboard minister Datuk Conrad Mojuntin, who oversaw Sabah’s golden age of sports activities within the early Eighties, handed away from a stroke on Wednesday (Nov 17). He was 73.
In response to his eldest son, Petrus, his father was admitted to a personal hospital on Sunday earlier than passing away at 11.30am.
“He had been affected by a coronary heart situation for a while,” he stated, including that the household was at present getting ready funeral preparations for which a date could be introduced later.
Mojuntin stepped into politics in 1976 after his well-known politician brother Peter Mojuntin died in a tragic air crash that killed six Berjaya authorities ministers on June 6, 1976, generally known as the Double Six tragedy.
As youth and sports activities minister within the Berjaya authorities Cupboard between 1982-85, Mojuntin was credited for pushing Sabah’s sports activities growth to new heights that noticed the state change into an influence home in nationwide and worldwide sports activities.
“He was very enthusiastic about sports activities and sports activities growth in Sabah and he himself was an lively participant,” stated Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, who was then a everlasting secretary of the state youth ministry.
“I joined him for the KL Marathon run. It was throughout his time that the Ministry managed to safe the companies of sports activities administration consultants from the US to help in Sabah’s sports activities growth,” stated Masidi, who’s now Native Authorities and Housing Minister.
Former Sabah Sports activities director Datuk Balwant Singh remembers Mojuntin as a hands-on minister who would become involved in sports activities and be part of the sportsmen in marathons and boxing.
“He was actually devoted and received personally concerned,” stated Balwant.
Many sports activities officers from that period remembers Mojuntin as having introduced the total marathon and highlighted barefooted Sabahan runners.
He was credited for partaking US Sports activities Academy coaches whereas elevating bodybuilding to a stage that not solely noticed Justin Sompong change into Asia’s Bodybuilding Champion in 1985 however Sabah turning into host to the celebrated Mr Olympia.
He gave all sports activities associations a fair proportion however by no means minced phrases and gave a superb drubbing every time they didn’t produce.
Some recalled that when Sabah FA was gripped by a authorized disaster, Mojuntin persuaded Head of State Tun Mohd Adnan Robert to take over the helm and kickstarted Sabah’s rise in nationwide soccer.
Mojuntin, who remained on the sidelines of politics after the Berjaya authorities fell in 1985, made a comeback try within the 2004 basic elections on a DAP ticket however didn’t win the Moyog state and Penampang parliament seats.
Pals stated that Mojuntin spent most of his time in non secular actions after his failed political foray however was within the public highlight once more when he was implicated in a capturing incident involving the demise of a 26-year-old in Oct 2006.
Nevertheless, the coroner’s court docket dominated that the capturing was in self-defence at the moment.