‘King Ghaz’ laid to rest

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  • Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010


Tun Ghazali Shafie laid to rest

KUALA LUMPUR: The late Tun Ghazali Shafie, fondly known as “King Ghaz,” was laid to rest at the Warriors’ Mausoleum within the grounds of the National Mosque at 2.30pm after being accorded a state funeral.

More than 200 people including family members, friends, royalty and VIPs paid their last respects yesterday.

Among them were the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah, Yang di-Pertua Negri of Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, and several Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom performed a funeral prayer after Zohor prayers at about 1.30pm.

The flag at Dataran Merdeka was flown at half mast. Many who paid their last respects lauded the legacy that Ghazali left behind, referring to him as a respected politician, statesman and diplomat.

Earlier in Petaling Jaya, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak suggested that the Government appoint someone to compile Ghazali’s memoirs. He said the former home minister was privy to many secrets and important events which should be recorded.

As a national hero, he had experienced the various challenges that the country underwent, he said.

“He had undergone the pre-Merdeka stage, the formation of Malaysia, the confrontation and the Communist threat,” he told reporters after paying his last repects at Ghazali’s sister’s home in Damansara Utama.

Ghazali died at 7.55pm on Sunday after performing Maghrib prayers at his home in Subang Jaya. He is believed to have died of old age. He was 88.

Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi described Ghazali as a well-admired “thinking leader”.

“He is a true statesman. His views were taken seriously by the then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and fellow leaders from that era.”

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Ghazali was known as King Ghaz because he was stern and strict.

“His passing is a great loss to the nation,” he said.

Veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said Ghazali was a dynamic person and a skilled negotiator, citing his performance as Home Minister during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said Ghazali was a close friend of his father, former prime minister Tun Hussein Onn.

“He was a great leader. Although it has been years since he left public service, much of his leadership style are still relevant today,” he added.

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