Condolences poured in over the death of Pakatan Harapan Youth leader Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin with almost everyone describing him as a soft-spoken, promising young politician.
Amanah’s Dzulkefly Ahmad said Shazni’s death was a loss which will be felt at a time when youth leaders are needed.
He said Shazni had entered politics right after graduating from Universiti Malaya and would be remembered for his leadership skills and ability to mobilise youths to speak up.
“Coming at a time when youth leadership is needed, his death was a great loss to the party,” he told FMT.
Shazni, a member of Amanah, had been undergoing treatment for Covid-19 and was listed a Category 5 patient less than a week ago. He died today.
Category 5 is the most severe classification of Covid-19 symptoms, according to the Ministry of Health, with the patient in a critical condition, requiring ventilation.
Shazni was appointed as the PH Youth chief only in March this year.
Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said Shazni was humble and soft-spoken.
“Even so, he wasn’t afraid to stand his ground, whether in meetings or street demonstrations,” Fahmi said.
He was taken too soon, and would be sorely missed, Fahmi added.
Subang MP Wong Chen tweeted that Shazni was only 34 years old. “I had a long chat with him over dinner late last year. He was friendly, humble and soft spoken.”
He said it felt so strange that Shazni was gone now and offered condolences to his family and Amanah.
MUDA’s Dr Mathen Nair tweeted that anyone who knew Shazni knew he was a fighter.
“#Lawan was in his blood. We have lost a true grassroots leader. RIP brother,” Nair said.
Social media users have also joined in to offer condolences to Shazni’s family.
The father of three succumbed to the illness after spending about two weeks in hospital.
It was reported that his wife and children had also been infected.