KUALA LUMPUR - PAS president's former press secretary, Suhaimi Mokhtar has passed away minutes after midday today, at his home in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Damansara after complaining of shortness of breath.
A relative said that Suhaimi had just eaten lunch and was preparing to go to the mosque for Zuhr prayers before encountering difficulty in breathing.
He was buried at the Bukit Kiara cemetary after Asar prayers.
Suhaimi leaves behind a widow and a daughter.
He rose through the ranks in Utusan Malaysia and the last post he held there was the deputy group editor when he retired in 2000.
Suhaimi took over the post of editorial boss of Harakah from Zulkifli Sulong on Oct 2, 2004, after the latter was transferred to the Harakah online version, Harakahdaily.net.
Ahmad Lutfi Othman took over the helming of the editorial team a year later and held the post for almost a decade.
The post of acting editor-in-chief of Harakah is now being held by Taufek Yahya.
Taufek when contacted said Suhaimi was a dear old friend and long-time party activist.
"His dedication towards the cause was unwavering despite the trials and tribulations he had to face and his passing is a loss to the party and nation," he said.
Harakah senior news editor Wan Nordin Wan Yaacob, who had the opportunity to work under Suhaimi as senior journalist, said the latter's passing meant that the list of local experts in the field of journalism is now significantly shorter.
"He was a patient boss, focused in his work and a credible leader as well. He taught me a lot and helped shape me as a journalist, into what I am today," he added.