Sidek Abdullah Kamar

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Sidek Abdullah Kamar
Born Mohd Sidek bin Abdullah Kamar
(1936-01-19)19 January 1936
Kampung Kanchong Darat, Banting, Selangor, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died 17 October 2005(2005-10-17) (aged 69)
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Cause of death Kidney failure, diabetes, pneumonia, high blood pressure
Nationality Malaysian
Alma mater SMKA Al-Mashoor (L), Penang
Occupation Badminton coach
Known for Father of the Sidek brothers
Spouse(s) Rukinah Sulaiman (1954-2003; her death)
Bangaton Rasman (2004-2005; his death)
Children 8 (6 sons & 2 daughters)

Dato' Sidek Abdullah Kamar (19 January 1936 – 17 October 2005) was the coach and father of Malaysia’s most famous badminton-playing family, Sidek brothers who represented Malaysia in badminton.[1]

It was his sons who played the biggest roles to take Malaysia out of the doldrums in world badminton, culminating in the success to regain the Thomas Cup after a lapse of 25 years in 1992.[2]

Sidek laid the groundwork for his son's rise to stardom in Malaysian badminton. Led by Misbun, the Sidek brothers began their domination of the game from the early 1980s to 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Sidek was born on 19 January 1936 at Kampung Kanchong Darat, Banting, Selangor and attended at SMKA Al-Mashoor (L) in Penang.[3]


1957: Started playing competitively at the age of 21.

1958-1964: Kuala Langat champion (singles and doubles with Sukarman Abdul Rahim).

1960: Malay junior champion.

1964: Novice Cup champion.

1965-2005: Trained his children at a self-built two-court badminton hall at his home in Banting; groomed youngsters at his Kanchong Darat Centre (a two-court badminton hall).

Highlights of his children’s achievements[edit]

MISBUN National champion (1980-1984 and 1986-1987); National Sportsman award (1981,1983); World Cup runner-up (1982); All-England runner-up (1986).

RAZIF-JALANI All-England champion (1982); World Grand Prix Finals champions (1986, 1988,1989, 1991); Commonwealth Games (1990); World Cup champions (1990, 1991); Thomas Cup champions (1992); Barcelona Olympics bronze medal (1992).

RASHID Commonwealth Games champion (1990, 1994); Thomas Cup champions (1992); Atlanta Olympics bronze medal (1996); All-England runner-up (1996); National Sportsman Award (1990, 1991, 1992, 1996).

RAHMAN Member of the Thomas Cup winning team (1992).

ZAMALIAH Member of Commonwealth Games silver-medal winning team (1994).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sidek married Rukinah Sulaiman in 1954 [a] and they are blessed with 6 children ; Rusitah, Misbun, Razif, Jalani, Rahman and Rashid. After his wife, Rukinah whom he calls Kinah died in 2003, he married Bangaton Rasman, a year later, and blessed with two children, Zamaliah and Shahrizan.


Sidek died at about 2.30am on 17 October 2005 at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) in Klang, at the age of 69 due to kidney failure, diabetes, pneumonia and high blood pressure. His remains was buried at the Banting Muslim cemetery. His wife Rukinah Sulaiman, suffered a stroke and died in 2003 at the age of 61.


1990: Benson and Hedges Gold Award for Sports Personality.

2003: Malaysia’s all-time sports personality award from Sports Ministry.

2003: Presented with honorary doctorate in Sports Science by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).


  1. ^ In the first edition of Anak-anak Sidek, it was stated that Sidek and his wife, Rukinah, who is also his own cousin, never meet each other, until their marriage. Four years after their marriage, Sidek and Rukinah got their children. Sidek’s father, Haji Abdullah Kamar died before he got grandchildren.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Newspaper Article - 'S' spells success". Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Biodata Dato' Mohd Sidek Abdullah Kamar". Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Abdul Hafiz, Ahmad; Norzie, Mohd. Khasbi (19 October 2005). "Sentuhan Sidek lahir 5 jaguh dunia". Utusan Online (in Malaysian). 

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