Shafie Apdal, Warisan Plus leaders pay last respects to late Batu Sapi MP

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah president and former chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, as well as other Warisan Plus leaders, paid their last respects to the late Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong on Sunday (Oct 4).

Arriving around noon with Warisan Plus leaders, Shafie spent about an hour at Liew’s residence in Likas, where he also spoke to the widow Datin Lindai Lee and children.

This was Shafie’s first public appearance after Warisan Plus’ defeat in the recently concluded state polls.

Also present were Sabah PKR chief Datuk Christina Liew, Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking, vice-president Datuk Junz Wong, treasurer-general Terrence Siambun and Warisan Wira (Youth) chief Datuk Azis Jamman.

Liew, 60, was Warisan's permanent chairman and leaves behind his wife and four children.

He succumbed to complications from a lung infection on Friday (Oct 2) at a private hospital.

Liew’s funeral would be held on Monday (Oct 5). The wake would be held at his residence at 11am before his remains are brought to Nirvana Memorial Park for burial.

Meanwhile, Sabah Law Society president Roger Chin in a statement on Sunday, said the Sabah Bar has lost one of its brightest shining lights with the passing of Liew.

Mourning the loss of the former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Chin said his contributions to the legal fraternity in Sabah, and in general in Malaysia, had been immense and profound.

“Liew had only recently collaborated with the society to speak in a webinar.

“He was a person who understood the needs of legal practitioners in Sabah, having been one himself, and perhaps because of this was always supportive of the Sabah Bar.

“During his time as the minister of the said portfolio, he would ensure that the Sabah Bar was always invited to attend meetings and discussions held at the national level which affected Sabah and/or the local legal practitioners where in the past, the Sabah Bar had largely been left out, ” said Chin.

He said Liew had always been actively engaged in a variety of legal and social issues including pushing for law reforms since being appointed as a deputy federal minister back in 2008.

“The Sabah Bar also will eternally be grateful for the role Liew played in the relocation of the Registry of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak to Kota Kinabalu on a 10-year rotation system between Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, ” he added.

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