Selangor Journal
Former Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak the lateTun Abdul Taib Mahmud (left) and Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj — Picture via FACEBOOK/ SELANGOR ROYAL OFFICE

Selangor royal couple extend condolences, describe Taib as leader with huge contribution

By Selangor Journal Team 

SHAH ALAM, Feb 21 — Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin have expressed their sadness over the passing of Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, whom they consider a leader who contributed massively to the nation. 

In a Facebook post, the Selangor Royal Office said the royal couple also extended their condolences to the family of the former Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak who died earlier today aged 87. 

“Their Highnesses regard the deceased as a figure with great service to Sarawak and Malaysia,” it said today. 

“They also acknowledged his full commitment and cooperation during Conference of Rulers meetings throughout his tenure as governor.

“Their Highnesses also extended their condolences to all of Taib’s relatives and family.” 

Taib died at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur at 4.40am today after about a week of receiving treatment. 

His remains were later brought to the National Mosque for prayers before being flown to Kuching, Sarawak. 

Born on May 21, 1936, Taib helmed the state as chief minister for 33 years. He was later appointed as the seventh Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, replacing Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, on March 1, 2014.

After almost 10 years in the position, Taib was replaced by Tun Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who was sworn in to the position on January 29. 

Meanwhile, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari extended his condolences to Taib’s family and the people of Sarawak. 

“May the soul of the deceased be blessed with mercy and placed among the righteous.”


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