Ng Boon Bee

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Ng Boon Bee
Personal information
Birth name伍文美
Country Malaysia
Born (1937-12-17) 17 December 1937 (age 81)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Years active1960-1973
EventMen's doubles

Dato' Ng Boon Bee DPTJ AMN (Chinese: 伍文美; pinyin: Wǔ Wénměi; born 17 December 1937) is a former badminton player from Malaysia 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[edit]

He started to play badminton when he was 10 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 football (soccer) at the national level. It was some time in 1961 that he finally decided to concentrate on badminton.


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]


with Tan Yee Khan

with Punch Gunalan

  • 1969, 1971 US Open champion
  • 1971 Canadian Open champion
  • 1971, 1972 Denmark Open champion
  • 1971, 1972 German Open champion
  • 1971, 1972 Poona Open champion



Personal life[edit]

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


  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. ^ "Former doubles ace Boon Bee receives Datukship - Other Sports | The Star Online". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ "» Anugerah Sukan Negara Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia | National Sports Council of Malaysia". 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". 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". Retrieved 8 July 2016.