KOTA KINABALU: Sabah PAS commissioner Datu Bandira Datu Alang was killed in an early morning traffic mishap along Jalan Apas in Tawau yesterday. He was 46.
His body was flown here yesterday afternoon and later buried at his native Kampung Tampasuk in the northern Kota Belud district.
He leaves behind wife Natrah Samad and seven children, aged between four and 18.
Datu Bandira suffered severe head injuries after the double cabin four-wheel-drive pick-up truck he was travelling in crashed into a roadside metal railing during a heavy downpour at 1.20am.
His six-year-old son, Datu Mohd Nazhimuddin Hami, who was sitting beside him in the vehicle’s back seat, also suffered head injuries and was admitted to the Tawau General Hospital.
His condition was reported as stable.
Datu Bandira’s assistant, Disam Yadash, 35, who was driving the vehicle, was injured in the lower part of his body and one of his legs had to be amputated.
Disam had apparently lost control of the vehicle while driving in the heavy rain.
Tawau district police chief Asst Comm Sulaiman Junaidi said Datu Bandira was travelling from Kinabatangan to Tawau when the accident occurred.
Sandakan division PAS chief Hamzah Abdullah said he last saw Datu Bandira at a meeting of Sabah PAS leaders at Bukit Garam in Kinabatangan on Saturday evening.
“His death is a shock to all of us. We were in the midst of re-organising our party structure in Sabah,” said Hamzah.
Datu Bandira took over as Sabah PAS commissioner four years ago and contested for the Tampasuk state seat in the March 21 elections.
He lost to Barisan Nasional’s Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia in a five-way contest.