KUCHING: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, paid his last respects to the late former assistant minister in charge of Islamic Affairs Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman at his residence at Laruh Scheme, Petrajaya.
Speaking to reporters, the deputy prime minister said Daud’s passing was a great loss to the state and country.
He said Daud became his close friend since they knew each other for a long time.
“I was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, in charge of the Islamic affairs while Daud held similar portfolio, representing Sarawak, and that was how I came to know him,” he said.
“I know him as a caring leader, one who was always concerned about the welfare and education of the children in orphanages, Islamic education and other related affairs,” he said.
Daud, 66, died about 4.10pm at the Timberland Medical Centre due to heart complications.
He is survived by his wife Datin Noraini Hussin, 64, and three children – a son and two daughters.
The burial is scheduled to be held at the Samariang Cemetery tomorrow Daud did not defend his Tupong seat in the last state election and completely retired from politics due to health problems.
He had defended Tupong seat for PBB for five terms.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid paid Abang Johari an Hari Raya’s visit at his residence at Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub soon after his arrival from Kuala Lumpur.
Tomorrow he will visit Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing in conjunction with Gawai Dayak celebration in the morning and in the afternoon to another Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
Ahmad Zahid will also pay a courtesy call to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana Negeri.
Tomorrow night, he will visit Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan in conjunction with Hari Raya celebration.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, was accompanied by his deputy, Datuk Masir Kujat, on the visit to Sarawak. – dayakdaily.com