KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — Former Deputy Minister James Dawos Mamit from Sarawak has died from nose cancer at age 70 after battling the disease for 10 years.
New Strait Times reported that James, who was the former federal deputy energy, green technology, and water minister and four-term Puncak Borneo MP, died at his home at Taman Stutong, Tabuan Jaya in Kuching at 1am today.
According to Borneo Post, he died after suffering from lung infection and other side effects due to previous radiotherapy treatments for nose cancer diagnosed a decade ago.
Several politicians expressed their condolences to James’ family.
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak said James’ death marked a great loss for Sarawak.
Former Works Minister Fadillah Yusof from PBB said his party lost a “party veteran who contributed lots for the people, state, and country”.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii from the DAP also expressed his condolences.
James has a family of two sons and his wife, Christine Dawung Narub.
The PBB politician did not contest the 2018 general election because of his illness.
James first won the Puncak Borneo (then named Mambong) parliament seat in 1999.
Puncak Borneo was announced as the new name by the constituency after the re-delineation process in 2015.