KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has sent its condolences to the family of former MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, 67, who died on Sunday evening.
MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya, who conveyed the commission’s condolence message, said he passed away at his daughter’s home from heart problems.
“He was MACC chief commissioner from May 14,2007 until Dec 31,2009, ” she said in a statement yesterday.
Ahmad Said, who underwent treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN), was buried at
the Kota Damansara Muslim Cemetery at 11.40am after zohor prayers yesterday.
Ahmad Said, who was from Balik Pulau, Penang, was an arts graduate of Universiti Sains Malaysia and obtained a Masters in criminology from the Indiana State University of the United States.
Under his leadership, the name Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) was changed to MACC, and he was made its first chief, although he retired six months before the end of his contract to spend time with his family.
Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed took over the reins from him.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil said Ahmad Said was admitted to IJN several times over the past six months for heart complications and a stroke.
“Last week, the doctors at IJN allowed him to return home and he was taken to his daughter’s house in Rawang.
“May Allah bless his soul and place him among the righteous, ” he said.
His daughter (second child) Nurul Sabila said her father passed away at 11.06pm.
‘’He had a minor heart problem and he was discharged from IJN on Sept 17, and I brought him to my house.
‘’However, he was suffering from breathing difficulties on Sunday evening and we managed to gather the whole family to meet Ayah, ’’ she told reporters after the funeral yesterday.
Nurul Sabila said Abu Kassim and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also paid their last respects to her father.
Ahmad Said leaves behind six children and 12 grandchildren. — Bernama
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