Friday January 1, 2010
Condolences to Gus Dur’s family
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed his condolences to the family of Abdurrahman Wahid and the people of Indonesia over the death of the former president.
Known affectionately as Gus Dur, the Indonesian leader died of health complications in Jakarta on Wednesday. He was 69.
“Gus Dur’s impact on shaping Indonesia cannot be understated. Both a statesman and a scholar, he strove to bring about change and reform that embodied Islamic values,” Najib said in his blog www.1malaysia.com.my.
“He was a man who was ahead of his time, and an adamant believer in the importance of tolerance and unity and in the need to protect the weak, including the minorities,” he said.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom represented Malaysia at the funeral in Jombang, East Java, yesterday. — Bernama