Tungku assemblyman laid to rest, hundreds pay last respect

AVILA GERALDINE



LAHAD DATU: Hundreds of people gathered at the Kampung Remang surau here to pay their last respect to the late Tungku assemblyman, Datuk Mohd Suhaili Said.

A gloomy atmosphere shrouded the village as the hearse carrying the deceased’s casket entered the surau compound at about 1pm.

The casket was then carried to nearby family residence, where family members, local leaders and villagers paid their final respects prior to burial.

Mohd Suhaili, who was Umno Silam deputy chief and Sabah Religious Council chairman, passed away yesterday at about 3.10pm at the Gleaneagles Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He was 56.

His body arrived at the Tawau airport at 10.50am this morning and was transported to Tungku, Lahad Datu.

Mohd Suhaili was laid to rest at the Kampung Remang Muslim burial grounds.

He leaves behind his wife Datin Dayang Sofia Datu Jamiuddin and their six children.

Silam MP Datuk Nasrun Mansur, who was present at the funeral, said Mohd Suhaili’s passing was a great loss to Umno and the people of Tungku.

“Throughout his service, arwah (Mohd Suhaili) had served his role and carried out his responsibility as elected representative.

“He was a committed leader and had contributed a lot to help bring improvement to the rakyat here,” he said.

Mohd Suhaili’s political career began in 1999. He had served the Tungku constituency for three terms from 2004.