KUCHING: During his extraordinary life, the late Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing touched the lives of many people.
And some of these people were among those who paid their respects to him at his state funeral service held at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, Association of Churches in Sarawak at Jalan Stampin here today (Nov 3).
Coming from as far as Miri, they remember Masing not only for his significant contributions and unwavering service to Sarawak and its people but also for his commendable characteristics as a friendly, people-oriented, humble and inspiring person.
(PRS Balai Ringin women chief)
I was shocked to hear the news of the passing of the late Tan Sri. I never thought he would leave us all this soon. To me, he was very friendly and people-oriented. We shared many memories together, especially with him as Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president. I will forever cherish these memories.
(PRS Baleh Division vice chairman)
Masing played a crucial role in boosting development in the Baleh area including roads and schools. Many parts of Baleh are now easily accessible via roads. I hope his successor will continue what he had planned. He was a soft-spoken person with lots of ideas to help the people, especially in the Baleh Constituency.
(Tuai Rumah of Kampung Bayor Tembawai, Balai Ringin)
I learnt about Masing’s passing from a friend. To pay my last respects to him, I came all the way from Balai Ringin two days ago. Today (yesterday), I left the village at 5am and yesterday (Tuesday) at 10am. I hope his family members are strong in facing his loss.
I used to work with Masing. To me, he was a humble and soft-spoken man who was always there to guide us whenever we needed help. His passing is a great loss for the people of Sarawak and all Malaysians. I was shocked and I believe the whole of Sarawak was also saddened by his passing.
(Vice president of Gagasan Anak Dayak Sarawak)
Masing had helped our association, including financially, ever since it was established in 2015. We are indebted to his generosity, and we truly appreciate his services. Masing was like a father figure to us in the association. Today (yesterday), I came with about 10 members of other non-governmental organisations all the way from Miri to share our final moments with him.