By Adrian Ling
KUCHING, Oct 31: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has described the late Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing who passed away earlier today as an “anak Sarawak” who fought for the interests of Sarawak.
Dr Sim who is also the Minister for Local Government and Housing said he had benefited from the wisdom of Masing, who was his college and friend.
“Deepest condolences to the family of late Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing (who was formerly Infrastructure and Port Development Minister). May his soul rest in piece.
“Sarawak lost an anak Sarawak who dedicated his whole life to serve and fight for Sarawak.
“I am privileged to be his colleague, friend and benefited from his wisdom, humours, camaraderie over the years,” Dr Sim said in a Facebook posting.
Meanwhile, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said Sarawak has lost a wise and visionary Dayak leader.
“I was surprised and saddened by the passing of Deputy Chief Minister YB Tan Sri Dr James Masing who was also my comrade in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). He passed away in a private hospital in Kuching this morning.
“Sarawak has lost a people-centric Dayak leader who was visionary and wise.
“My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace,” he said in a statement today.
Masing passed away at 7.05am this morning at Normah Sarawak Medical Centre due to complications of Covid-19.
He tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept 28. — DayakDaily