BY TANIA LAM & NATASHA JEE
KUCHING: Words of condolences and fond memories of the late Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Association of Malaysia (PEKEMA) Sarawak branch president Tan Sri Abang Khalid Abang Marzuki have poured in following his passing on Friday (Feb 4).
Abang Khalid, 74, breathed his last at 5.43 am at Pantai Hospital, Bangsar, in Kuala Lumpur. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
His remains were flown back to Kuching for burial at the Samariang Muslim Cemetery.
Besides his role in PEKEMA, he had also held various other positions, including Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Samariang division deputy chief and Sarawak Sepak Takraw Association president.
Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend, the late Tan Sri Abang Khalid Abang Marzuki. PBB has lost a branch leader who had done so much for the party and the community. May his soul always be in the mercy and love of Allah SWT and be placed among the righteous. Condolences to all family members of the late Abang Khalid.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri
My condolences to all family members of Tan Sri Abang Khalid Abang Marzuki who has returned to rahmatullah.
Samariang assemblywoman Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali
I will miss Abang Khalid dearly. He was a man with a big heart. He was always there to guide, help and always put me first. He was my deputy chief in PBB Samariang Division since I first stood in the election in 2006. He was instrumental in my success in all my elections.
Abang Khalid was also the person that I fully trusted in taking care of my area. A dear friend of my parents and someone I looked up. May Allah place him amongst the righteous.
Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) treasurer-general Bell Bernard Aggan
Our state has lost another good leader. He was a friendly, cheerful, and generous person. When he was PEKEMA president, he always helped the needy through his corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. May his soul rest in peace.