‘Suhaili a com­mit­ted leader’

New Straits Times - - News -

LA­HAD DATU: The late Tungku assemblyman Datuk Mohd Suhaili Said was laid to rest at the Kam­pung Re­mang Mus­lim Ceme­tery in Tungku near here yes­ter­day.

A cas­ket car­ry­ing the body of Suhaili was flown from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau in the morn­ing be­fore be­ing trans­ported to Tungku.

He died of liver can­cer on Fri­day af­ter­noon. He was 56.

Hun­dreds of vil­lagers gath­ered at the nearby surau as early as 9am to pay their last re­spects to Suhaili and ex­tended their con­do­lences to his fam­ily.

Suhaili, who was Umno Silam deputy chief and Sabah Re­li­gious Coun­cil chair­man, died at Gleanea­gles Hospi­tal in Kuala Lumpur.

He leaves be­hind his wife, Datin Dayang Sofia Datu Jami­ud­din, and six chil­dren. His wife and three of his chil­dren were at his bed­side at the time of his death.

Silam mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Nas­run Mansur said Suhaili’s pass­ing was a great loss to Umno and the peo­ple of Tungku.

“Through­out his ser­vice, ar­wah (Suhaili) had car­ried out his re­spon­si­bil­ity as an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive. He was a com­mit­ted leader and had contributed a lot to bring im­prove­ment to the rakyat.”

Suhaili’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer be­gan in 1999. He served the Tungku con­stituency for three terms from 2004.

A by-elec­tion is un­likely fol­low­ing Suhaili’s death.

How­ever, Sabah as­sem­bly speaker Datuk Johnny Mosi­tun said the de­ci­sion would be made by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC).

“Nor­mally, if (a seat be­comes va­cant) less than two years be­fore the term ends, no by-elec­tion is called.

“But it (is up to the) EC to de­cide. The Sabah as­sem­bly will of­fi­cially in­form the EC next week about the va­cancy of the Tungku seat,” he said.

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day ex­pressed his con­do­lences over the pass­ing of Suhaili.

On his Twit­ter han­dle @Na­jibRazak, Na­jib said: “My con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Tungku assemblyman the late Datuk Suhaili Said. May his soul be blessed. Al-Fati­hah.”

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