Former International Football Federation (FIFA) referee Jaswant Singh Sran passed away at a Covid-19 quarantine centre last night. The former deputy superintendent of police was 80.

According to his younger brother Dr Kalwant Singh, Jaswant was relocated to the quarantine centre after several residents of Wisma Tatt Khalsa, in Chow Kit, where he used to live, were found positive for Covid-19.

“We are still waiting for the autopsy report to find out the actual cause of death as the deceased was found to be negative in all three tests. Two tests were done before, while the last one was done this morning,” he told Bernama when contacted.

The former Bukit Aman police officer had been a referee for matches involving legends such as Soh Chin Aun and the late R Arumugam during the 1970s and 80s.

Jaswant was also the co-founder of the Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA). He is survived by his daughter who is now living in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), expressed condolences to his family through a Facebook post.

On May 15th, reports emerged that two Indian tourists housed at a gurdwara complex in Kuala Lumpur on humanitarian grounds were sent to hospital for observation after testing positive for Covid-19.

The rest of the Indian passengers, who were stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) after India began cancelling in-coming flights in mid-March, tested negative and have been sent to a teacher training facility for a 14-day observation.

The passengers were part of the 73 people tested on 7 May at Wisma Tatt Khalsa, the complex adjoining to Gurdwara Sahib Tatt Khalsa, after the authorities placed the surrounding area under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO). This is done for locations with a high number of Covid-19 cases.

The Indian tourists were some of the 300-odd stranded passengers who were sent to Tatt Khalsa, Gurdwara Sahib Puchong and a number of other places to wait out until they could catch their return flights.

Source: Bernama, Asia Samachar