JOHOR BARU - Former Johor state secretary and the ''Father of Johor Football" Datuk Suleiman Mohd Noor has passed away at the age of 88.
Suleiman passed away at around 7.50pm Monday. He was undergoing dialysis treatment at the Johor Specialist Hospital.
Johor Southern Tigers posted on Suleiman's passing at its official Facebook page on Monday.
"We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Allahyarham Suleiman, the father of Johor football, who passed away on Aug 7. May he rest in peace. Al-Fatihah," said the statement.
Under Suleiman's leadership, Johor became a force to be reckoned with in the local football scene.
The team won the Piala Razak in 1983 and the first Malaysia Cup trophy in 1985 as well as the Charity Shield a year later.
Suleiman's no-nonsense style made Johor the first football team in the semi professional era to clinch the Malaysia Cup and the Malaysia League in 1991.
He had also served under four Football Association Malaysia (FAM) presidents including Tunku Abdul Rahman (1958-1974), Tun Abdul Razak (1975-1976), Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah (1976-1983) and Sultan Ahmad Shah who held the post for 30 years from 1984 to 2014.
Suleiman was also a staunch supporter of Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim when he won the FAM presidency uncontested earlier this year.
During his last interview with The Star in April this year, Suleiman believed that Tunku Ismail has the leadership qualities needed to turn Malaysian football around.