Born in 1912 in village Kaler, Distt. Ropar and a citizen of Malaysia, S. Gurbux Singh Kaler is best remembered as 'Encyclopedia' & a pioneer of games in South East Asia. He was founder of Amateur Athletics wave in Malaysia and took the Malaysian games at its zenith. He had been in the field for four decades and represented Malaysia in athletics in four Olympics e.g. in 1956, 1964, 1968 and 1988, and became the Ambassador of Malaysian sports.
He had been Editor of Asia Track News Letter, a govt. magazine of A.A.A.A. (Amateur Athletics Association and Asia Athletics Digest). He also adorned the high posts in sports Deptt. of Malaysia. He died on March 12, 1997.
For his great contribution to Malaysian sports, he was conferred "DATUK", the top Malaysian civilian award by the Malaysian Government. Thus he earned the honour of being the FIRST INDIAN to get this award. Film actor Shahrukh Khan is the second Indian to get this award who received it in Dec. 2008 from the Malaysian Government. His elder son Dilbagh Singh Kaler also represented Malaysia in 1964 Tokyo Olympics.Download Ebook to Read Continue