COMMENT | Sanusi Junid has always been a nationalist. I’ve known him since before I was a minister. His patriotism cannot be challenged.
Later on, when I had the opportunity, I appointed him as a minister. He was very innovative and had many ideas on agriculture for example.
Later on, he was made the mentri besar of Kedah. There again he introduced many ideas. I’ve always got on well with him and have a great deal of respect for his ideas.
We worked closely and he was very supportive of my efforts to overthrow (current prime minister) Najib Abdul Razak
He was among the early members of Bersatu. Due to ill health, he was not as active as he would like to be.
He was made the chairperson of the Bersatu disciplinary board. He set up a good panel and went about his job intelligently.
The party has lost a great leader and so has the nation.
As usual, as a politician, he has a lot of enemies and equally lots of friends. But he was among the best-read person I have ever known.
He has a huge library of his own and had lots of books on politics and economy.
From these books, he contributed solutions and ideas to the many problems faced by the nation.
I am saddened by his passing. I pray to Allah he will rest in peace in the Akhirat.
MAHATHIR MOHAMAD is Bersatu chairperson and former prime minister of Malaysia.
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