KUCHING: The demise of former deputy energy, green technology and water minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit (pic) is a loss to Sarawak, say state leaders.
Dawos, 70, passed away at his home in Taman Stutong Indah here at about 11.30pm Monday (July 8).
The four-term Puncak Borneo MP, who had been battling nose cancer for several years, is survived by his wife Datin Seri Christine Dawung Narub and three sons.
"We are very sad to hear of Dawos' demise. He has contributed a lot to Sarawak politics and he has done a lot in his constituency and as a deputy minister in the Federal Government.
"We sympathise (with his family). It's a loss to us," Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the Dayak community as well as Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) had lost a leader.
"He was a good and dedicated leader who helped us to build up the party, especially among the Bidayuh community," he said.
Uggah added that he had known Dawos for a long time and used to ask him for advice on environmental matters.
"He was my book of reference on the environment. I was then the minister of environment and he was a backbencher, and when he stood up asking questions I would get worried.
"But I always got his advice. A number of times I brought him to attend climate change conferences overseas, the last one was in Copenhagen in 2009," he said.
Dawos was first elected to Parliament in 1999 in the Puncak Borneo constituency (then known as Mambong).
He was appointed deputy tourism minister in 2009 before serving as deputy natural resources and environment minister from 2013 to 2015.
He was deputy energy, green technology and water minister from 2015 to 2018.