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KUCHING, Oct 31: The late Tan Sri James Jemut Masing was not only a vocal elder statesman, but was also one of the earliest Dayak scholars in Sarawak, said Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) president Gary Ningkan.
According to Gary, Masing’s journey in education, up until his foray into politics, made him a very good role model for all young Sarawakians.
“We are forever indebted to the late Tan Sri James for his moral support and assistance throughout the years.
“On behalf of the association, we promise to continue his fight and passion to propel Sarawak into greater heights and to further improve the livelihood of the Dayak community at large.
“Deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy, from all of us at SDGA, goes to the bereaved family. Rest in peace, Tan Sri James,” he said in a statement today.
Gary lamented that SDGA was deeply saddened after learning about Masing’s passing this morning.
He revealed Masing had been very encouraging and supportive of the association’s various initiatives throughout the years.
“Tan Sri James Jemut Masing was one of the first few leaders that embraced new young leadership within SDGA. He was in fact one of the pioneers in the association bearing Life Membership no. 0004.
“He was attentive and respectful of us young Dayaks, who had the honour and privilege to exchange ideas with him personally,” he added. — DayakDaily.