Former Sabah governor Sakaran Dandai died at the Gleneagles Hospital in Kota Kinabalu early today. He was 91.
His grandson, Ahmad Marzuki Nasir, said Sakaran breathed his last at 5.30am.
“Together we pray for Allah to bless his soul and place him among the righteous and pious. Al-Fatihah,” he said in a brief statement.
Sakaran was admitted to the hospital for suspected Covid-19 infection on Aug 18. He had been warded in the ICU for the past five days.
Sakaran, from Semporna, Sabah, was the eighth chief minister of Sabah in 1994 before being appointed as the eighth Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sabah from Jan 1, 1995, to Dec 31, 2002.
He played an important role in Sabah and Malaysia in improving the socioeconomic status and education of the people, and in promoting Islamic literature, which also led him to be named the recipient of the National Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award 2017.