I can only say goodbye from a distance: Masing’s younger brother Jantai dies from Covid-19

Masing and his younger brother Jantai at Pantau Penora in April 2021.

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KUCHING, June 2: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing buries his younger brother Jantai Masing today, after the latter passed away due to Covid-19 in Kapit.

Reeling from the personal tragedy, Masing once again called for all Sarawakians to take Covid-19 and the vaccination against it seriously.

“Covid-19 should be taken seriously. The pain of losing someone that you could not hold or see for the last time is unbearable.


“Everyone must be aware of how dangerous this pandemic is.  The sooner we get vaccinated, the better it is,” said Masing in a social media post.

“To lose a loved one is hard, and to be only allowing to bid the last goodbye only from a distance is even harder.  

“Today, I had to bury my younger brother. It was so hard to only be able to watch from a distance as they lowered the wrapped coffin into the ground as we were not allowed to go near the gravesite,” said Masing. 

Jantai was laid to rest this morning at 9.30am in Kapit. — DayakDaily

The burial of Masing’s brother Jantai Masing in Kapit at 9.30am today (June 2, 2021).