KUCHING: Former Sarawak Governor and Chief Minister Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub passed away on Friday after a long illness. He was 87.
His son-in-law, Datuk Justine Jinggut, said family members, including children and grandchildren, were at his bedside when he breathed his last at the Normah Medical Specialist Centre here at about 9.35pm.
Rahman, a lawyer by training, was Sarawak’s third Chief Minister from 1970 to 1981.
Prior to that he was Deputy Lands and Mines Minister in the 1960s and for a year as Education Minister in the Federal Cabinet before returning to Sarawak in 1970.
Rahman stepped down as Chief Minister on March 26, 1981, to be succeeded by his nephew Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, and was subsequently appointed Yang di-Pertua Negeri on April 2.
He served four years as Governor until April 2, 1985, when he stepped down for health reasons.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Customs and Protocol Division head Khir Busrah, when met at the medical centre, said Abdul Rahman’s body would be brought to Masjid Jamek in Petra Jaya in Kuching at 10.30am Saturday morning.
He said dignitaries, leaders and the masses could pay their last respects to him from 10.30am till the Zohor (midday) prayers.
After the funeral prayers, he said, the body would be taken to the Semariang Muslim Cemetery for burial.
Khir advised all those who wished to come to be dressed appopriately, with Muslims wearing black national dresses and non-Muslim women to wear baju kurung or loose-fitting kebayas.
“On behalf of the state government I extend my condolences to the family of Allahyarham Tun,” he said.
Abdul Rahman, 87, who was previously reported as having received treatment for several months, leaves a wife and eight daughters.
One of his daughters, Nora, is state assemblyperson for Tanjung Manis, while another, Khadijah, is the daughter-in-law to second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
His first wife, Normah, passed away in 1983. – Star Online and Malaysiakini