By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 January 2021: Former Lord President, Tun Dr. Mohamed Salleh Abas, has passed away just days after tested positive for COVID-19 at 91.
His death was announced in a WhatsApp message by his children on Saturday (Jan 16), saying that he passed away at 3.20 a.m.
The President of as-Salihin Trustee Berhad and chief executive officer, Abdul Aziz Peru Mohamed, said Mohamed Salleh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (14 January).
He added that Mohamed Salleh was being treated at the intensive care unit of the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) and reported to be stable.
“However, the hospital is taking precautions due to Tun’s age. Let us all pray for the best of health for our beloved chairman. May Allah provide healing and ease all matters, ” Abdul Aziz said in a statement on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Terengganu health director Dr. Nor Azimi Yunus confirmed that Mohamed Salleh was being treated at HSNZ.
Mohamed Salleh was one of the elders who helped draft the Rukunegara in 1970, when he was the Solicitor-General.
He was then the Lord President of the then-Supreme Court (now Federal Court) from 1984 to 1988.
Mohamed Salleh was also the PAS Jertih assemblyman when he won the 10th General Election in 1999. ***