Son of former TYT Salahuddin  reminisces their time together

Muhammad Hafizul

KUCHING: The son of the late former Head of State Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, Muhammad Hafizul, said that he will miss the time he had spent with his father along the years.

The 26-year-old, who is the first son from Salahuddin’s second wife, the late Toh Puan Norkiah @ Rokiah Bagong said that he shared many memories with his father especially when looking after him after the passing of his mother last year.

The late former Head of State Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng. Photo: JaPen

“There are a lot of memories with him, I have looked after him, bathed him, fed him, and brought him out for sightseeing when my mother had passed away,” he said when met at Masjid Jamek  in Petra Jaya here on Saturday (Dec 29).

He said that he would always remember the advice given by his father to never quarrel with his siblings and to look after them well.

“He always reminded me to look after my siblings as my mother is no longer with us, and he is also old, and with that I will be the head of the family,” he recalled.

He also described his father as a very firm person but also a funny man who loved sightseeing.

Commenting on the health condition of the late Salahuddin, Muhammad Hafizul said that his father had started to fall sick last month.

“He started to get sick due to liver blockage and had his last operation on Jan 22, whereby everything was alright after that.

“Unfortunately, the doctor from the hospital called and informed us that he needed to use life support and following that he was unconscious.

“… and last night (Jan 28) at 11.45pm, he passed away,” said Muhammad Hafizul.

Earlier, the late Salahuddin’s remains was taken to Masjid Jamek at 10.30pm on Saturday (Jan 29) for funeral prayers, and was laid to rest at the Samariang Muslim Cemetery after Zhur (noon) prayer.

The late Salahuddin, 100, breathed his last at Normah Specialist Medical Centre here, on Friday (Jan 28) at 11.45pm.

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