Former Minister Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin dies

Former Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin died of heart complications at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here on Tuesday night.

He was 70.

According to his son, Junaidi, his father breathed his last at 9.50 pm.

He was admitted to the IJN at around 4 pm after complaining of having breathing difficulties.

“His remains will be taken home to Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras and will be laid to rest at Bandar Tun Hussein Onn Muslim cemetery at around 11 am tomorrow,” he told Bernama when contacted here.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in his tweet tonight, extended his condolence to Abdul Hamid’s family.

“My deepest condolence to the family of Brig Gen Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin on his death. May Allah bless his soul. Al-Fatihah,” he tweeted.

Born in Bagan Datoh, Perak, on Feb 20, 1944, Abdul Hamid held the post of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from 2001 to 2004 before taking over
the chairmanship of Mara from 2004 to 2008.

He was also the former director-general of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department from 1995 to 2001.

He was appointed as senator from 2001 to 2004 and was elected as Parit Buntar member of Parliament during the 11th general election.

In 2003, Abdul Hamid was crowned as Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah.

Meanwhile, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom described Abdul Hamid as a respectable leader.

“We lost another good leader. He had contributed so much to the country, especially in religious affairs,” he told Bernama at IJN.