by BERNAMA / graphic by MZUKRI
THE remains of Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) DG Datuk Paimuzi Yahya (picture), 59, who died of heart and lung complications at 1pm yesterday, was laid to rest at the Batu 17 Muslim Cemetery in Kuang, Selangor.
Jakim corporate communications unit chief Zakaria Othman said the remains were brought back to his residence before being taken to the Al-Islahiah Mosque, Batu 17 Kuang, for funeral rites.
“As at 3pm, Paimuzi’s remains were on his way home from Sungai Buloh Hospital. According to his wife, he will be laid to rest at Batu 17 Muslim Cemetery, Kuang.
“Tentatively, the funeral prayer will be held after Asar prayer at Masjid Al-Islahiah Batu 17 Kuang, Selangor,” he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, through his official Facebook page, said despite Paimuzi’s deteriorating health in the past few months, he remained active in chairing meetings and receiving visitors at his office.
“I offer my condolences to his family and pray they remain strong with this test. InsyaAllah (God willing), his (Paimuzi’s) contribution to Islam and the country will be rewarded in the hereafter. Jazakumullahu khairal jaza’,” he said.
Zulkifli’s deputy Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, through a post on his Facebook page, said Paimuzi’s passing is a great loss to the country.
“May Allah bless and forgive him, give perseverance to all his family members, as well as Jakim’s big family…He was a very good person,” he said.
Meanwhile, PAS information chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad, through his posting on Central PAS Facebook page, described Paimuzi as a great individual who contributed a lot to the administration and dakwah programmes in the country.
“I pray that his family will be given strength in facing this test and may his soul be placed among the believers,” he said.
With more than three decades of experience in Islamic affairs, Paimuzi held several posts, including Sabah Jakim director in 2005; Islamic Training Institute Malaysia director (2008); Darul Quran director (2010), Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department director (2013) and Jakim deputy DG (human development) (2016).
In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council and a year later, he was appointed as the Jakim deputy DG (operations).