PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has extended his condolences to the family of former Perlis mentri besar Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh, who passed away on Thursday (Dec 1).
The MCA president described Abdul Hamid's passing as a big loss to the country and the community.
"His contributions will be remembered eternally," said Dr Wee, who is also Ayer Hitam MP, in a Facebook post.
Abdul Hamid, 78, breathed his last at about 3.15pm at his house in Arau.
His remains will be laid to rest on Dec 2 after Friday prayers at the state mosque in Arau.
Abdul Hamid, a medical doctor by profession, served as the sixth mentri besar for the northern state from 1986 to 1995.
He leaves behind his wife, five children and several grandchildren.