KUALA LUMPUR, April 5, 2015:
Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis was a ferocious war room political strategist but he had a heart for all, including the Opposition.
In paying tribute to the former minister, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he would always remember Jamaluddin as a “smiling warrior” who was willing to negotiate to work out some compromise with the Opposition.
“We may be political opponents, but we never doubted each other’s loyalty to Malaysia and were willing to have a friendly and reasoned discourse,” he said in a statement on his Facebook page.
He said the untimely and tragic death of Jamaluddin in the helicopter crash yesterday in Semenyih had definitely shocked the nation.
“He was a popular man and will be sorely missed.”
The Bagan lawmaker said Jamaluddin was no ordinary Member of Parliament.
In the 25 years of his parliamentary career, Lim noted that Jamaluddin, or JJ as he was commonly referred to, headed various government-linked corporations such as Tenaga Nasional Berhad and PR1MA (1 Malaysia Peoples’ Housing).
JJ, he added, held three different ministerial portfolios, as well as spent considerable time on the foreign policy front, as Malaysia’s special envoy to the United States with ministerial rank.
“Jamaluddin’s resume is certainly the envy of many of his parliamentary colleagues.
“Perhaps his most important role was to serve as the most trusted political operator of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as his war room chief strategist.”
Lim offered his deepest condolences to Jamaluddin’s family, as well as the families of other passengers on the ill-fated helicopter.
Apart from Jamaluddin, five others were killed when the helicopter crashed in Semenyih yesterday.