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Hardworking and dedicated: CM
Published on: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Datuk Siringan Gubat was a hard worker particularly in developing human capital in the state, said Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman Wednesday.

Describing the Resource Development and Information Technology Minister as a good friend, he said Siringan had made considerable contribution to the development of the people in the state, particularly the youths by providing much training opportunities through the ministry which he helmed since 2013.

"I am very sad for having lost a friend as well as a member of the cabinet who was hard-working and very dedicated to his career.

"On behalf of the state government and Barisan Nasional, I wish to convey our condolences to Siringan's family.

"I hope his family will be strong and have perseverance in facing this difficult time,"he said when met by reporters after paying his respects to Siringan at Wisma Fook Lu Siew, Wednesday.

Musa, who spent about an hour to pay his respects to Siringan, was also joined by members of the state cabinet and the State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman.

Siringan, 68, died following a heart attack at 10.57 last night. He is survived by his wife, Datin Rozelind Gubat, four sons, a daughter and a grandchild.

Meanwhile, his eldest of five children, Rexie Siringan, 35, conceded that the death of his father was very sad and difficult to be accepted by the family.

"My father had a heart attack suddenly and had to be rushed to the hospital. But we must accept that his time had come,"he said.

The late Siringan, who was also acting deputy president of the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) will be taken to Kampung Kinirasan, Ranau on March 23 for burial on the next day (March 24).

Siringan became a Member of Parliament for Ranau since 2008 before becoming a State Assemblyman for Paginatan on 2013.

Siringan's widow, Datin Rozelind Gubat said: "I have not accepted my husband's death yet, but in time, I will."

"He was sitting down relaxing while watching the television at home when at around 9.30pm, he started complaining of chest pains. So, I told him that he needed to go to the hospital straight away just in case," she said.

She said her husband had a heart attack a year ago and took several months to recuperate.

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