KUCHING: It is now up to the people to continue the good fight left behind by Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, said Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said the late deputy chief minister had spent the better part of his life serving and fighting for Sarawakians.
“I was very fortunate to be with him on many occasions as partners in political parties and coalitions as well as personal friends over the years.
“We miss his wisdom, leadership and his kind manners as well as his humour,” the Sarawak United People’s Party president told the media after paying his last respects to Masing on Monday (Nov 1).
Dr Sim also described Masing as a person who always put others first before himself while making those around him feel comfortable in his presence.
“Rest in eternal peace. He has done his job for Sarawak and it’s for the rest of us to continue the fight and to serve Sarawak.”
Meanwhile, Layar assemblyman Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu said he had known Masing for over 38 years since the latter’s first election back in 1983.
He added Masing would be remembered in the Dayak community for his vocal demands for education and connectivity in rural areas.
“He always said, ‘If you are educated, especially the Dayak community, you can change the world’.
“Until his last breath, he was always thinking about developing the community and how to look after the people and improve connectivity, especially in ther rural areas.
“So his legacy will live on. And we should continue to ensure that the good things he brought about are considered by the government.”