PETALING JAYA: Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Paimuzi Yahya, 59, passed away at the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 1pm today due to heart and lung complications.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the department said Paimuzi’s body will be brought back to his home in Kuang, Selangor, to be laid to rest.
Paimuzi had taken over as Jakim director-general in January from Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim, who retired on Dec 27 last year.
The Universiti Malaya graduate in shariah studies had previously served as Jakim’s deputy director (Operations).
Before that, he was the director of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) from 2013 and CEO of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) in 2017 before returning to Jakim.
He was also previously the director of Jakim’s Sabah branch and of the Malaysian Islamic Training Institute (ILIM) in 2008.