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Touched by glowing tribute to an icon
Published on: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

By Bee Kupicha
I WOULD like to thank you and Daily Express for the wonderful coverage of my aunt Tina Rimmer’s passing, and for the celebration of her life in your SunLife magazine.

I know that you held Tina in high regard, and have been a staunch champion of her desire to see the Tamparuli property used for the purpose she intended. This matter is still to be resolved.

It has been amazing for us, her family, to see the many tributes to Tina in all the Malaysian papers, but I particularly thank you for your coverage of the funeral, and the insertion of many quotes from the tributes we sent, read out by Shona Lewin, her great niece.

I felt their inclusion gave a good picture of the person who featured so largely in our lives for so long, as members of her family, now scattered far and wide.

Her passing has been an opportunity for many of us to become re-acquainted, or indeed ‘meet’ for the first time, thanks to email etc, by which means all the press coverage forwarded to me was sent around the world.

The posthumous honour of “Sabah’s First Cultural Icon” bestowed upon Tina by the Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister is humbling to us. We are so proud to have called Tina our relation.

She touched so many, many lives, and tried to live her life with integrity and dignity, to share what she felt important, to do everything she could to show how much she loved the country she gave her life too.

Her love for Sabah and its people and culture was absolute.

Jennifer Linggi’s decision to donate Tina’s last home to the State, so that it may be an art gallery of Tina’s work has been warmly welcomed by us, as it seems it has by many people in Sabah.

Tina’s life is over, but her legacy will last, and I know she will not be forgotten. A grande dame indeed!

Bee Kupicha

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