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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 7:27:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 11:23:14 AM

Malaysian public, politicians express sadness over Mandela's death

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians woke up Friday to the news that former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home Thursday night after a prolonged lung infection.

They tweeted their tribute to South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon and shared their feelings on Facebook.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak: "Mandela lives on in the spirit of every human that believes in democracy and freedom. Thank you for your legacy, Madiba"

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin ‏@Khairykj 1m: "The sad moment we all knew would come is here. Farewell, Madiba"

"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others" - Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tweeted in tribute.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang ‏@limkitsiang 47s: "A truly great man has passed away. The world is now much poorer for it. RIP"

"RIP Nelson Mandela, truly a giant among men. Thank you for inspiring so many of us working in human rights and HIV/AIDS," Marina Mahathir wrote on her Facebook page.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) tweeted: "Rip the greatest man ever. NELSON Mandela. Learn to forgive. We all can learn so much from this man. Many in Malaysia can. We are all the same."

Suaram executive director Cynthia Gabriel (@cynthia_gabriel): "My hero, my mentor is now gone! May his legacy live on in each of us."

Former Kita legal adviser Firdaus Christopher (@firdauschris): "Saddened to hear. Truly an inspiration for all - Nelson Mandela dies at 95."

MCA politician Chew Kok Woh (@chewkokwoh): "May his soul Rest in Peace."

@saroki19: "RIP Nelson Mandela. A global role model & statesman. His patience & forgiveness was way above many men. God Blesd you sir."

@TechGeek_Guy: "Nelson Mandela is an inspiration to all. Will be truly missed by all."

@pearl_sharon: "Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. You fought the long fight and now its time to rest. God bless. #NelsonMandela"

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun: "Nelson Mandela: a great man of the universal struggle for justice and freedom has passed away today."

@AhBoon4: "I was deeply saddened by the news of @NelsonMandela passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family..." 

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