Updated on 9 Feb 2009 at 2.20pm
Corrected 1:18pm, 9 Feb 2009
Roslan Shaharun (source: Parlimen.gov.my);
“Perpaduan teras kejayaan” sign in Bukit Gantang (© esfairoz / flickr.com)
IPOH, 9 Feb 2009: The PAS Member of Parliament for Bukit Gantang in Perak, (corrected) Roslan Shaharum, passed away this morning, paving the way for a by-election in a state already rocked with a constitutional crisis and coup.
(Corrected) Roslan is believed to have died from a heart attack, his elder brother, Ahmad Najmi, said.
Ahmad Najmi said Roslan was waiting for his car to be washed at a petrol station in Batu Gajah when he reported feeling unwell and borrowed a bicycle to head to a nearby pharmacy.
After cycling for a few meters, Roslan fell to the ground and was brought to the Batu Gajah Hospital where he was declared dead, Ahmad Najmi told Bernama here.
The Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat includes the Changkat Jering state seat won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu who recently quit from the party to become an independent in support of the Barisan Nasional.
Roslan, 50, who was appointed Perak Foundation chairperson under the Pakatan Rakyat government last year, leaves behind a wife and 11 children.
A graduate of both Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Roslan was a former lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara and the Open University Malaysia.