KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Casting aside their ideological differences, politicians in Malaysia offered their condolences to the family of Sabah politician Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin who died this morning from Covid-19-related complications.
Among the well-wishers were two former prime ministers. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno’s Datuk Seri Najib Razak conveyed their wishes to Lajim’s family through Facebook.
“My family and I wish the deepest condolences to the family of the late (Lajim) following the passing of a loved one. May they remain strong through these upsetting times,” Muhyiddin said on his Facebook page.
“As a member of Bersatu’s Supreme Council, the late (Lajim) was someone who was a friend and comrade which I knew for a long time and we have served together serving in the previous government,” Muhyiddin added.
The Opposition were also quick to offer their condolences. From PKR, president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife and former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail penned their condolences separately on their own Twitter accounts.
“I am deeply saddened and pray for his spirit to be placed among the faithful,” Anwar tweeted.
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Salam takziah kepada keluarga Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.
Saya turut bersedih dan mendoakan agar ruhnya ditempatkan bersama kalangan mereka yang beriman, insyallah. pic.twitter.com/flMhhS6yzy
— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) August 29, 2021
— Dr Wan Azizah Ismail (@drwanazizah) August 29, 2021
Lajim’s fellow Sabahan Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau who is president of Upko, the newest addition to the Pakatan Harapan coalition, also penned a message.
“God is the almighty he created every single thing. He also will call to return to him when it’s time,” Tangau tweeted.
Tuhan mahakuasa dia mencipta segala sesuatu. Dia juga yang memanggil apabila masanya. Salam Takziah kepada keluarga Allahyaraham DSP Lajim Ukin. https://t.co/xpdjYfEwVD
— Wilfred Madius Tangau (@madiustangau) August 29, 2021
Other Sabahans from different parties who tweeted their condolences were former chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman whose 34-year-old nephew Hayssam Musa was also lost to Covid-19 five days ago.
Lajim tested positive for Covid-19 on August 12 and was admitted to KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital in Kota Kinabalu on August 14.
Doctors put him in a medically induced coma on August 24. He died at about 6am today at age 66.
Lajim, a former Beaufort MP, was originally an Umno member before quitting the party in 2012 to declare his support for then Opposition bloc Pakatan Rakyat.
He then went on to form his own Sabah-based party which was later dissolved and absorbed by Bersatu, where he was later made the party’s election director and its supreme council member.
He was also the executive chairman of Amanah Ikthiar Malaysia.