Former Perak FA president and the Asian Football Confederation secretary general Datuk Teoh Chye Hin passed away in Ipoh hours ago.
An accountant by profession, he will be remembered as a true servant of the game. He was 94.
Datuk Teoh served as Perak FA president for 15 years from 1957. He was the FAM treasurer from 1962 to 1978.
His involvement with AFC began on July 1, 1969, when he took over as acting treasurer from H.M Lee, who died in a car accident in June that year.
He replaced fellow Malaysian Koe Ewe Teik as the AFC secretary general in October 1974 and served in that capacity until Datuk Peter Velappan succeeded him in 1978.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Al-haj, who was elected as the governing body's fourth president in their first Congress in Tokyo in 1958, recounted in his book Lest We Forget (1983):
"When I was elected the president of AFC during the Asian Games in Tokyo 1958, Lee Wai Tong, a famous footballer in his days, was the secretary.
"The trouble then was that Asian football had no money and no proper organisation.
"When I took over, Koe Ewe Teik became the secretary-general. Things started moving and Asian football gained strength and repute, so with the others such as, to name a few, the late Datuk Kwok Kin Keng, Lim Kee Seong and Datuk Teoh Chye Hin, AFC took their place among the leading football associations in the world.
"When Chye Hin took over as secretary-general, Ewe Teik became the treasurer. We all left the AFC together (1978) but by then we had accumulated RM1 million for the confederation."
A little under three decades later, AFC have emerged as an integral partner to FIFA and the game at large.
Asia have the first World Cup of the millennium to their credit, elevating the image of the continent to a new perspective.
While torn between idealistic values and commercial interests, AFC continue to lay down the foundations, improving on the youth championships - a brainchild of the Tunku - as a platform for Asia's top youth to showcase their talent in addition to remodelling the Asian Club
Championships into Asia's version of the glamorous UEFA Champions League.
During Datuk Teoh's leadership, Perak won the inaugural Malaysia Cup in `67, and also in `70 and `72, the FAM Cup in `59, `64 ,and `65, and also had a large number of their players selected by the national body for international duty.
Datuk Teoh also served as an independent FAM council member until 2004 when he declined the appointment due to poor health.