KAJANG: The death of Seri Setia assemblyman and Selangor executive council chairman Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin is a huge loss to Selangor, said Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
The Economic Affairs Minister, who was also former Selangor mentri besar, described his former colleague as someone who was well-respected by the local community and a highly-committed politician.
"I have been alongside the deceased for a long time, since our days in Abim and later on in the Selangor government.
"After the 14th General Election, I appointed him as Selangor executive council chairman in charge of education and Islamic affairs, which are very important and senior posts in the government.
"During the time he served those posts, he did a very good job but unfortunately his health deteriorated.
"His death is a huge loss to PKR and also Pakatan Harapan.
"He was well-respected and liked by all, especially the people of Selangor.
"I pray that his family members will have strength," said Azmin, when met by reporters at Dr Shaharuddin's residence here in Desa Pinggiran Putra on Thursday night (Aug 2).
Azmin was among the hundreds who came to pay their last respects to Dr Shaharuddin.
Other PKR leaders who were seen at the residence included Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin and PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil.
Also spotted were former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be visiting early Friday (Aug 3).
The deceased will be buried on Friday morning at Kg Limau Manis in Sungai Merab, Dengkil.
Dr Shaharuddin, 56, passed away at 6.28pm Thursday (Aug 2) after a battle with cancer.
He leaves behind a wife, six children and one grandchild.