KOTA KINABALU: The late Sabah youth and sports minister Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan was a dedicated leader and his passing is a great loss to Sabah and its people, said Chief Minister Musa Aman.
Tawfiq, who was also the assemblyman for Apas in Tawau, passed away after battling illness at the Prince Court Hospital in Kuala Lumpur last night.
The three-term assemblyman had been receiving treatment for nine months at the hospital before he passed away.
“Today, I paid my last respects to Allahyarham Datuk Haji Tawfiq Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Abu Bakar Titingan, who was also the Tawau Umno division chief,”said Musa in a statement today.
“We are extremely saddened by his passing.
“He was a friend, a kind and honourable man, a dedicated, hardworking, proactive, sincere and trustworthy leader and member of the state cabinet who always kept his word to the people.”
Musa said Tawfiq had kept working and serving the rakyat right to the end although he was ill.
“This is a great loss that is felt by not just his constituents in Tawau but also the state cabinet, Umno and all Sabahans.
“On behalf of all Sabahans, the state government, Umno, Sabah BN and my family, I’d like to extend the most heartfelt condolences to his family.
“We pray that his loved ones would remain strong during these most trying times and hope Allah would bless his soul and place him among those who receive His countenance in the hereafter.”
Tawfiq’s medical condition did not stop him from doing his best to ensure support for BN remained strong in Apas.
Despite his illness, Tawfiq attended a ceremony on Feb 24 at the Kampung Titingan community hall in Tawau to deliver his personal donation to 85 families whose houses were razed by fire last September.