Former governor Salahuddin's passing a great loss for Sarawak, says Abang Jo

The casket of former Sarawak Governor Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng being brought to Masjid Jamek in Kuching on Saturday (Jan 29). -Pix by Zulazhar Sheblee

KUCHING: The passing of former Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng is a big loss to Sarawak, says Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg.

The Chief Minister said Abang Salahuddin was one of Sarawak's leaders who had been interviewed by the Cobbold Commission prior to the formation of Malaysia and helped to bring Sarawak into the era of independence.

"He was appointed Sarawak Governor twice, which reflects his leadership and stature in uniting Sarawakians.

"I had the privilege of serving as a minister during his tenure and he gave us a lot of advice on upholding Sarawak's peace and prosperity," Abang Johari told reporters after paying his last respects to Abang Salahuddin at Masjid Jamek here on Saturday (Jan 29).

He also conveyed the state government's condolences to the late former Governor's family.

Abang Salahuddin, 100, passed away at 11.47pm on Friday (Jan 28).

He had served as Governor from 1977 to 1981 and from 2001 to 2014.

His casket arrived at Masjid Jamek at about 11.20am on Saturday, accompanied by family members.

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Raghad Kurdi Taib were among the dignitaries who paid their last respects to Abang Salahuddin.

Others included state Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Kuching South mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng and Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.

Abang Salahuddin will be laid to rest at the Samariang Muslim cemetery later Saturday.

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