KOTA KINABALU (Nov 2): An officer from the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) died due to Covid-19 at the Queen Elizabeth I Hospital, here, this morning.

State Fire and Rescue Department director, Kamarulzaman Malik Abdullah said JBPM state headquarters Fire and Rescue Operations Branch head Alias Abu, 56, died here, at 9.15 am today.

Kamarulzaman said the deceased was one of the 15 Sabah firefighters who tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing a screening test on Oct 16, and was understood to have heart problems and asthma.

“His remains were buried at the Kampung Kuala Papar Cemetery this afternoon. He was the first  firefighter in Sabah to die of COVID-19. This is a big loss for JBPM Sabah.

“He was a very dedicated officer, responsible and highly disciplined in carrying out his duties, besides being very patient and committed where work was concerned.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) today conveyed its condolences to Sabah fireman Alias Abu, 56, who passed away yesterday from COVID-19 infection.

Its minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin said Alias’ demise was a big loss to the Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (JBPM) and she hoped that his family, relatives, friends and the JBPM workforce would remain patient and strong despite this loss. 

"The late Alias had been tireless while being directly involved in the public disinfection work while the country strived to curb the spread of COVID-19... Let us all pray that his soul and good deeds be blessed and that he be placed among the righteous,” she said in a statement today.

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