KUCHING: The recent passing of former Energy, Green Technology and Water deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit was deemed a “great loss”, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Dawos was a four-term Puncak Borneo member of parliament, and had also held other posts such as Tourism deputy minister and Natural Resources and Environment deputy minister.

“Dawos was my close friend. He always gave good advice especially on environmental matters,” he said when he visited Dawos’ house at Stutong Indah yesterday.

Awang Tengah, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president, expressed sadness that PBB had lost one of its key members.

“Dawos contributed to the development of his constituency, and he was very committed to carrying out his responsibilities,” stated the deputy chief minister.

Abang Johari (right) pays his last respects to the late Dawos accompanied by (from left) Dr Rundi, Dr Sim, Awang Tengah and Uggah.

He was accompanying Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who was paying his last respects to the late Dawos along with Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, and Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

Abang Johari’s visit lasted 15 minutes, during which he spoke with Dawos’ family including his widow Datin Seri Christine Dawung Narub.