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Tun Ghafar Baba dies


KUALA LUMPUR: Former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba, died at the Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Jalan Ampang here this morning due to heart, lung and kidney complications. 

Ghafar was 81. 

His family members were at his bedside when he died at 7.34am. 

Deputy secretary-general in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Raja Hydar Raja Iskandar confirmed his death. 

Ghafar's body will be brought to the National Mosque after zohor prayers (1.14pm) to allow leaders and members of the public to pay their last respects. 

Raja Hydar said Ghafar's body would be buried at the Makam Pahlawan (Royal Mausoleum) after asar prayers (4.29pm) and will be accorded full national honour. 

Ghafar was admitted to the hospital on Jan 24. 

He had earlier received treatment at the Pantai Medical Centre due to heart and lung complications in October last year.  

Ghafar, who had been critically ill for the past few days, received visits from national leaders, including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

   

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