PENANG, 31 July 2009: Penang PAS deputy commissioner I Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa regarded Permatang Pasir assemblyperson Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman’s death as a big loss to the party.
He said Mohd Hamdan was a good and humble man who had been in the party for a long time and was active in championing worker’s issues.
Mohd Hamdan, 63, the sole PAS assemblyperson in Penang, died of heart ailment at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
His body is expected to arrive in Permatang Pasir at 2pm today and will be buried at the Permatang Pasir Muslim cemetery after the Asar prayers.
Opposition Leader in the Penang state assembly, Datuk Azhar Ibrahim, who described Mohd Hamdan as a man with strong principles, expressed his condolence to Mohd Hamdan’s family.
“I have lost an old friend. He contested twice against me for the Penaga state seat (and lost) in the 1990 and 1995 general election before moving to Permatang Pasir,” he added.
Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) liaison chief Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim regarded Mohd Hamdan’s death as a loss to the state.
In KUALA LUMPUR, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Mohd Hamdan also contributed towards PKR’s struggles.
In KOTA BARU, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said the party would contest in the by-election for the Permatang Pasir state seat, which he said, was a PAS stronghold.
“Mohd Hamdan sacrificed a lot for the party, his time and property. He was in the party longer than me,” he added. — Bernama