Tun Jugah’s eldest daughter dies

LAST RESPECTS: Relatives, friends and visitors gather around Sani’s coffin during the wake on Sunday evening.

KAPIT: Sani Jugah, 78, the eldest daughter of Malaysia’s first federal minister for Sarawak Affairs the late Tun Datuk Patinggi Jugah Barieng, passed away at 5.21am last Saturday at Sibu General Hospital.

The body was brought back to her residence along Jalan Puan Sri Tiong, where a steady stream of family members, close relatives and friends came to pay her their last respects.

Pastors from the Methodist Iban Church here came to conduct prayers for the repose of her soul on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang, Brigadier General Datuk Steven Mundaw and wife, Kapit district officer Elvis Didit, Kapit police chief DSP Entusa Iman, a former political secretary to the chief minister Joseph Jinggut and Ex-Servicemen Association chairman Wilfred Billy Panyau were among thousands of people who came to offer words of comfort and condolence to the family members.

Other visitors included Chinese Chamber of Commerce chairman Yong Hua Sying, Tai San Ten Association chairman Ma Tian Hoo, Pemanca Tan Kian Hoo, Penghulu Jampi Raweng, Penghulu Nylong Daga, Penghulu Enggin Nyipa, Kapitan Yong Thu Fook, Kwang Tung Association advisor Sia Shui Poh, Zhan Clan Association chairman Chong Shin Khin and Kapit Women Association chairperson Wong Kie Ing.

The late Sani had two sisters, Anchang and Siah; and two brothers Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Leonard Linggi and Edmund Erong.

Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Leonard’s son, and his wife were present to welcome the well-wishers.

Sani was laid to rest at the Tun Jugah monument at the grounds of the Methodist Cemetery at KM3 Jalan Selirik here after funeral prayer at 10am yesterday.

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