September 9, 2016
I mourn the passing of my friend ‘Iron Gate’ Dato’ Yusoff Abu Bakar, DSDK
The former national goalkeeper, who was also former Alor Setar Prison Director, excelled in the 1958 Merdeka Cup.
Dato’ Yusoff Abu Bakar, a former national goalkeeper in the 1950s, nicknamed the “Iron Gate”, died at 6.15 p.m today at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) here in Alor Setar due to old age. He was 81.
Yusoff Bakar as he was when we were growing up together in Alor Setar in the 1950s–Din Merican
His son Yuzaily, 49, said his father had been ill since last year from kidney disease and a lung infection.
“He died with my mother and my siblings by his side. I am saddened by his demise. His death is not only a loss to me but also Malaysian football. He liked to chat and was very generous. However, in the week prior to his death, he was very quiet,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Yuzaily said his father was admitted to HSB on Tuesday after his condition worsened and his appetite diminished.
Dato’Yusoff, who brought glory to the nation and exhibited an excellent record when representing Malaya in the “Pesta Bola Merdeka” (Merdeka Cup) in 1958, served in the Malaysian Prisons Department since 1957.
His last post was as Alor Setar Prison Director from 1987 to 1990. Other than Yuzaily, Yusoff leaves behind his wife, Halimah Mohd Zain, 80, and two daughters, aged 51 and 42. His remains will be put to rest at the Masjid Al-Bukhari Cemetery, Alor Setar, at 11am tomorrow.