KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — Former Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Mokhtar Hashim died early this morning at the age of 78.
His nephew Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Raffar, in a Facebook posting, said Mokhtar died at 3.10am.
It is learnt that Mokhtar passed away at Hospital Ampang here.
“Details on the arrangement for funeral prayers and burial will be announced later; let’s all pray for his soul to be blessed and placed among the faithful and righteous servants of Allah,” he said.
Funeral prayers were held at Masjid At-Taqwa in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here and the body was expected to be buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery today.
Mokhtar was elected the Rembau-Tampin Member of Parliament in a by-election in 1972 before going on to win the Tampin parliamentary seat in the 1974 and 1978 general elections.
He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry from 1972 to 1974, Deputy Agriculture and Rural Development Minister (1974-1976), Deputy Agriculture Minister (1976), Deputy Foreign Minister (1977) and Culture, Youth and Sports Minister (1981-1983).