Siringan to be buried in hometown Ranau this Saturday

Suzianah Jiffar and Olivia Miwil

KOTA KINABALU : Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat who died last night, will be buried at Kampung Kinarasan, Ranau this Saturday. Siringan, 68, who is also United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting deputy president, died at a private hospital here.


Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat who died last night, will be buried at Kampung Kinarasan, Ranau this Saturday. (NSTP File pic)

Upko information chief Albert Bingkasan in a statement, said his body has been taken for a wake service at a funeral parlour at Wisma Fook Lu Siew here. “The late Siringan will be brought back to his hometown at Kinarasan, Ranau this Friday and expected to be buried on Saturday,” he said. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who will be arriving here for a two day visit today, is expected to pay his respects later with other dignitaries. He left behind his wife Datin Rozelind Wong, five children and a granddaughter. Siringan became Ranau assemblyman in 1990 under the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) flag in a by-election after the seat was vacated by the late Datuk Mark Koding following an internal party dispute.


Siringan, 68, who is also United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) acting deputy president, died at a private hospital here. Pic by NSTP/EDMUND SAMUNTING

When Siringan was nominated then he wore a top-hat that became his trademark. When the PBS-led state government collapsed, he joined the newly-formed Upko in 1994. He continued to serve as the Ranau assemblyman until 2004 when the state constituency was renamed as Paginatan and took a four year break until 2008 when he was elected as the Ranau Member of Parliament. In 2013, Siringan returned to Paginatan state seat and became a cabinet minister that year. Prior to his career as politician, he used to teach students of SRJK Bongkud in Ranau, SMK Kemabong in Kemabong, and SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin in Penampang. Meanwhile, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the passing of Siringan is a sad day for Sabah. "He is a close friend and schoolmate at Sabah College. Both of us are from Ranau. "My heartfelt condolence to his family," he said in his Twitter account. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd