Tuesday, 14 October 2014

‘A great loss to sports, the state and country’ - Karim

KUCHING: The state cabinet will discuss the type of aid and contributions to be given to the family of the late body-building great Bujang Taha.
Malek presenting a RM11,000 cheque to the late Bujang’s wife Norsanah Harun. 
Assistant Youth Development Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state will not forget the contribution of state athletes such as Bujang who had put Sarawak and Malaysia on the global sporting map.

“Personally, it is difficult to find an individual like the late Bujang who had excelled tremendously in the bodybuilding arena to the extent that he had done the state and country proud. His success in his field, it’s difficult to find a replacement.

“On behalf of myself and the state government, we extend our condolences to his family. The state cabinet will discuss on the types of aid to be given to the family,” Karim who is also Assistant Housing Minister told reporters when met at the late bodybuilder’s residence at Kampung Tanjong, Petra Jaya near here yesterday.

Those who paid their last respects included Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Sarawak Bodybuilding Association president Dato Wee Hong Seng and national bodybuilder George Awi William.

Meanwhile, Daud mentioned that Bujang was the type of individual who would not ask for anything.

“It saddened me because he never asked for anything from the state government including allowance. I was thinking of requesting from the chief minister for Bujang to be given a monthly allowance and I hope that the state government could consider this,” he continued.

Both Karim and Daud described Bujang’s demise as a great loss to sports, the state and country as whole.

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