SEREMBAN, Dec 6 2017 : Jelebu Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Zainudin Ismail died at his home at Villa Puteri Condo, Kuala Lumpur, at 7.30 pm today.
He was 57.
According to Negeri Sembilan Umno Information chief and Jelebu Umno chief Datuk Jalaluddin Alias, the MP left behind a wife an four children.
“Zainuddin died due to complications from a brain tumor. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor last year,” Jalaluddin told Bernama when contacted here today.
He said the remains of Zainuddin would be taken back to his hometown in Taman Angsana, Jelebu, and would be laid to rest in Kampung Petaseh Muslim cemetery tomorrow morning.
At the last general election, Zainuddin won the Jelebu parliamentary seat by defeating Raj Munnil Sabu of Pas with 7,101-vote majority.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak paid his last respects to Zainudin tonight.
Najib, who was accompanied by his deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, arrived at Zainudin’s house at 10 pm after attending the Umno Supreme Council Special Meeting in conjunction with the 2017 Umno General Assembly.
The two leaders spent about 10 minutes paying their last respects and meeting Zainudin’s wife, Datin Ruziah Yaacob and her son, Muhammad Arif.
According to Muhammad Arif, his father had undergone a surgery due to the tumour at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on May 13 last year before Zainudin went into coma about two months ago.
Also present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Socio-cultural adviser to the government, Tan Sri Rais Yatim. – Bernama