KUCHING: Sarawak Scout Council (SSC) paid tribute to their executive secretary Mohd Said Bolhassan, who passed away on Jan 24.
SSC honorary secretary Zasran Abdullah described Said’s demise as “untimely”.
“He (Said) had contributed immensely in the development of scouting in Sarawak. He had outstanding achievements in the movement due to his long involvement. He had more than 60 years of scouting,” Zasran said in a statement.
Zasran said Mohd Said, who was 78 years old, had a very good rapport with Pramuka (Scout group from Kalimantan Barat) and also Brunei, adding that he was also well respected by scout commissioners, leaders and scouts.
He recalled that Mohd Said had complained of “unpleasant health” and applied for two days’ leave from SSC, but passed away at his home.
“He didn’t show sign of illness. In fact he was very well on Jan 19 when he gave some briefing to new council members at Dormani Hotel. On the morning of Jan 24 when he wanted to go out from his house to deliver some goodies to friends, he felt uncomfortable when he walked out of the door. So the maid gave him a chair to sit down. He passed away while sitting.”
Mohd Said was laid to rest at the Semariang Muslim cemetery at 10.30 am on Jan 25.
A large crowd including SSC deputy president Prof Dr Al-Khalid Osman, SSC members, Mohd Said’s immediate family members, relatives, and friends attended the funeral service.
Also present during the funeral service were members of Pramuka to give their last respect.
Mohd Said left behind wife Faridah Hasbi, a daughter, a son in-law and three grandchildren.