Kedah Umno leader Hashim Jahaya dies

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Umno Liaison secretary Datuk Hashim Jahaya has died at his residence in Taman Suria near Pantai Johor here at 2.30am Saturday (May 7).

Kuala Kedah Umno division deputy chief Datuk Abdul Muthalib Harun said he was informed of the death of the 60-year-old Hashim when he was on his way to visit him.

“I was on my way to visit him (Hashim) at 3am but was informed by one of his children that he had died in his sleep. He had kidney problems and was undergoing dialysis treatment.

“He had been undergoing treatment since last year but his health was deteriorating lately. The last time I met him was during the breaking of a fast event on April 23 and he was still healthy at that time and even delivered a speech,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

He said that Hashim, the former Kuala Kedah MP in 2004, also held the position of Kuala Kedah Umno division chief.

“As the leader, the late Hashim was focused on the work of the party even though he was busy as a lawyer. His work ethic must be emulated and implemented firmly.

“It is really sad to lose him but we accept it as fate. We will continue his legacy and will try to fulfil his wishes to see Umno wrests back the Kuala Kedah parliamentary seat,” he said. – Bernama