MIRI: The “down-to-earth, people-first” leadership style of the late Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub (pic) has won the hearts of not only the Barisan Nasional leaders and the rakyat, but also the leaders of the opposition parties.
Sarawak PAS yesterday paid glowing tribute to Rahman who passed away a few days ago in Kuching City.
Sarawak PAS deputy state commissioner Jofri Jaraiee, in an email yesterday, said that the late Rahman was truly a people-oriented leader in that he had sincerely cared for the rakyat, especially the needy.
“Tun Rahman was the third chief minister of Sarawak and the fourth governor of the state.
“During his term in office, especially when he was the chief minister, he had implemented many people-oriented policies.
“He was someone who had done a lot of good things for the people of Sarawak. He was truly concerned about the welfare of his rakyat.
“He was kind-hearted and donated a lot to the less fortunate people in society, a real leader of the ordinary people.
“When he was the chief minister, he also gave resettlement homes to the very poor people who had no homes of their own.
“In Miri, he gave accommodation facilities on behalf of the state government to people in Piasau Jaya, Lembah Hijau and other places.
“He did a great job in helping the homeless,” he said, stressing that housing was always expensive in Miri.
Jofri, who is also PAS chairman for Miri Division, said that Sarawak and Malaysia had lost a great leader following the passing of Rahman and they would always remember him for his contributions to the state and country.
He said that PAS Sarawak honoured Rahman and PAS leaders extended their condolence to the family of the late Rahman.
“We pay our tribute to Tun Rahman and we hope that Sarawak will be able to have more leaders like him, leaders who are sincerely people-oriented and who place the welfare of the rakyat as their top priority,” he said.
Tun Rahman passed away at a private hospital in Kuching three days ago.