Ex-defence minister Abang Abu Bakar dies at 82

KUCHING: Former defence minister Tan Sri Abang Abu Bakar Abang Mustapha (pic) has passed away.

The Sarawakian politician’s demise at Institut Jantung Negara at 9.55am yesterday was announced in a brief WhatsApp message to the media.

Abang Abu Bakar, 82, served as Defence Minister from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that, he was Deputy Defence Minister from 1987 to 1990 and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from 1990 to 1999.

Abang Abu Bakar was the Member of Parliament for Paloh from 1982 to 1990 and Kuala Rajang from 1990 to 1999.

He was the Speaker of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly from 1976 to 1981, and was state assemblyman for Kuching Barat and Satok.

Abang Abu Bakar was also the deputy president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) from 1988 to 1998.

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