King and Queen convey condolences to Taib's family

KUALA LUMPUR: His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia has conveyed his condolences to the family of former Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Queen of Malaysia, Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah also conveyed her condolences.

"The late Abdul Taib made a significant impact and will always be remembered, especially by the people of the Land of the Hornbills. Al-Fatihah," the post on Sultan Ibrahim's official Facebook page read on Wednesday (Feb 21).

Abdul Taib, 87, died in a private hospital here at 4.40am on Wednesday and funeral rites were performed at Masjid Negara here before his remains were flown to Kuching on a Air Force aircraft.

Meanwhile, the Malay Rulers also expressed their sadness and conveyed condolences to the family of Abdul Taib over his passing.

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin conveyed their condolences through the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page.

Sultan Sharafuddin also described the late Abdul Taib as a figure who had contributed significantly to Sarawak and Malaysia.

Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also expressed their condolences, describing the passing of the late Abdul Taib as a huge loss to Sarawak and the country.

"May Allah SWT accept all his good deeds, forgive all his sins, place him among the righteous and grant him paradise," the statement uploaded on the Kesultanan Pahang official Instagram account read.

Abdul Taib, who was born on May 21, 1936, was the man who shaped Sarawak's development when he led Sarawak as its chief minister for 33 years. – Bernama

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