KOTA KINABALU (Bernama): Former federal minister and veteran Sabah politician Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Gilong passed away Saturday (March 6) at the age of 88.
According to his granddaughter Cheri Gilong Avriett, Ghani passed away of old age at 12.12am Saturday at the Hospital Queen Elizabeth here.
In sharing news of Ghani's passing on Facebook, Cheri and his son-in-law Norman Radzuan asked the people to pray for his soul to be placed among the righteous.
Ghani had served under the first three prime ministers of Malaysia, with his last post being Works and Public Service Minister in 1978.
Ghani, who was born on May 30,1932, in Kampung Matan, Ranau, was one of the Sabah leaders involved in the formation of Malaysia.
He had also served as federal minister in the justice and transport portfolios.
Ghani, who was UPKO deputy president in 1964, had followed local political developments even after his retirement from politics.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said Abdul Ghani's death was a big loss to the country and the people of Sabah.
"He was one of the four recipients of Anugerah Tokoh Malaysia award given in conjunction with Malaysia Day celebrations in 2010 for his instrumental role in Sabah's participation in the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963," he said in a Facebook post.
Dr Taufiq said UMS had also awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2017. - Bernama