KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd co-founder and former chairman Pahamin A Rajab died in London, United Kingdom last night.
The sad news was shared by his son-in-law, actor Azhar Sulaiman in an Instagram video early this morning.
“Assalamualaikum everyone, I wish to inform that my father-in-law Datuk Pahamin A Rajab just passed away. He just arrived in London, had a heart attack on the plane. So now my mother-in-law and my son Rees are in London.
“He went to London to attend my son’s graduation. All of us will leave for London on Monday, let’s recite the al-Fatihah together for my father-in-law. May Allah bless his soul and place him among the righteous,” he said in the video.
Pahamin, 77, previously served as the secretary-general of the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry from 1998 to 2001. Prior to that, he had been the road transport department (JPJ) director-general from 1974 to 1998.
Meanwhile, his fellow AirAsia co-founders, Capital A chief executive officer Tony Fernandes and Capital A executive chairman Kamarudin Meranun, took to Instagram to pay tribute to Pahamin.
“There would be no AirAsia without Datuk Pahamin. (He) Was a great Malaysian, a true patriot and a great friend.
“We will come up with a fitting tribute. RIP my dear friend and look over us from your final resting place,” Fernandes wrote.
Kamarudin wrote: “With deep and great sadness, I received the news that our beloved father-like, brother, friend and former chairman of AirAsia or now known as @flyairasia had just passed away last night.”