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Senate president Datuk Mutang Tagal, 70, has passed away at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Friday, May 10.

Mutang’s passing a tremendous loss to Sarawak and nation

KUCHING, May 13: The United States Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan described the recent passing of Senate President Datuk Mutang Tagal as a great loss not only to Sarawak, but to the country as a whole.

Reflecting on shared memories, Ambassador Kagan recounted his admiration for Mutang’s dedication to parliamentary reform and his commitment to strengthening Malaysia’s institutional frameworks, particularly in Sarawak.

He expressed condolences to the senator’s family, hoping that they would stay strong in their moment of bereavement.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people of Sarawak and all of Malaysia for the passing of Senate President Mutang Tagal.

“Having had the honor of meeting him recently, I was deeply impressed by his fervent dedication to parliamentary reform and his unwavering commitment to strengthening the institutions that uphold our democracy.

“His devotion to Malaysia and his heartfelt passion for Sarawak were profoundly evident. His leadership and vision will be greatly missed,” he said when met by reporters after his visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre here today.

He also highlighted Mutang’s impactful relationship with US Peace Corps volunteers in Malaysia, especially Robert Pastor, a former volunteer who significantly influenced the late senator’s educational and professional path.

Kagan said this relationship not only endured for decades but also exemplified the strong cultural and diplomatic ties between the United States and Malaysia.

“I was particularly moved by the Senate President’s recollections of the profound influence that Peace Corps volunteers had on his life, especially one individual I also had the privilege to know—Robert Pastor.

“Robert was a dedicated Peace Corps volunteer in Sarawak, where he met the deceased.

“Their friendship endured for decades, underscoring the deep impact of their early connection. Robert Pastor not only touched lives in Sarawak but also made significant contributions to U.S. foreign policy and was pivotal in the development of the Carter Center. His legacy is a testament to the powerful, lasting impact of cross-cultural exchange and dedication,” he added.

Mutang, 70, breathed his last at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur at 11.46 am on Friday (May 10).

He had been undergoing treatment at the Heart Institute after falling ill during a working trip to Azerbaijan on May 6.-TVS

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