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KUCHING:Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, former assistant minister in chief minister’s office and the five-term Tupong assemblyman, has died at the Timberland medical centre this evening.
Daud, whose portfolio was to oversee Islamic affairs in the state, was reportedly admitted into the centre last Wednesday.
The 66 year-old Daud died at around 4pm.
There is no official announcement of his death from the state government nor were there any statement from his family.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in conveying his condolence to Daud’s family describedhim as an outstanding and exemplary representative whose tireless work had made a “Barisan Nasional stronghold”.
“His commitment had endeared him to the people of Tupong. They have lost a leader,” Fadillah said.
Tupong is one of three state seats that make up Fadillah’s parliamentary seat of Petra Jaya.
The other two seats are Samariang and Satok, held by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
An engineer by training, Daud contested and won his first election in 1991.
In 2004, after having successfully defended his seat three times and won a place in his Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council by virtue of having won one of the as party vice president’s post, Daud was rewarded with the assistant minister’s post.
He was also appointed assistant minister of industrial development overseeing the promotion and development of industrial estates.
The affable Daud was however tainted by a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s investigation into his role in awarding the RM250 million contract for the 16-storey Baitul Makmur II building to his engineering company, Eastbourne in 2015.
When MACC disclosed they had opened an investigation on “alleged corruption and abuse of power” in awarding the contract for the building on May 13, they did not name Daud.
After much speculations and rumours, Daud admitted a month later that he was the politician under investigation in first official function since MACC started the probe.
RM4 million of his monies, deposited in several banks, were ordered frozen.
Daud was never formally charged though.
He was however still dropped by former chief minister Adenan Satem from defending his seat in last year’s general election.
Adenan then was on a drive for a clean government. – dayakdaily.com