PONTIAN, July 24 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described the late Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub as a leader who was consistent in fighting for the people’s well-being, especially on cost of living issues.
He said Salahuddin was very dedicated in carrying out his duties as Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister, and was determined to ease the people’s burden through the Rahmah concept introduced by the government.
Salahuddin’s death was deeply felt not only by friends, but also the people as he was synonymous with the Rahmah initiative.
“This is proof of his consistency in seeking ways to ease the people’s burden, including at meetings with me and other Cabinet members.
“The country has lost a notable figure, and I hope his spirit, dedication and attributes like compassionate nature will serve as an example,” Anwar added.
He was speakint to the press after leading the funeral prayers for Salahuddin at Masjid Jamek Dato’ Haji Noh Gadot in Serkat, earlier today.
The Prime Minister prayed Salahuddin’s soul would be blessed by Allah and placed among the righteous.
He also conveyed the condolences from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, to Salahuddin’s family.
Asked on the candidate who will replace Salahuddin, the Pulai MP, Anwar said: “This will be discussed later.”
Salahuddin will be buried at the Jalan Sulong cemetery in Serkat.
Salahuddin, 61, died at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar at 9.23pm yesterday, after undergoing surgery for a brain haemorrhage the day before.
The Amanah deputy president leaves behind his wife Datin Seri Fatimah Taha and six children — four sons and two daughters.