Mawphlang MLA Syntar Klas Sunn dies of COVID-19

Shillong: Day two of the autumn session in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly started on a grim note following the sudden demise of Mawphlang MLA SK Sunn.

Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh announced that the House would begin with an obituary for Sunn.

In his tribute, Lyngdoh recalled how Sunn was a focused man who conducted extensive research before coming to the House. “To me, I feel that his contribution, his debates points were always constructive. He showed great concern for the people of his constituency. He is also not a constituency-centric person…in three and a half years, he has contributed a lot. We have lost this great leader. As a member and chairman of different committees, he took everything seriously. His contribution was immense and will be remembered,” Lyngdoh added.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma and several legislators offered their respects to the Mawphlang MLA. The death of Sunn makes him the fifth legislator to pass away since 2018.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said there were few men like Sunn, who was zealous in carrying out his duties. “It pains to look at that empty chair. Sunn had been with us for three-and-a-half years. Every member in the House will remember his contribution to this House and constituency and state as a whole, especially with deliberations he used to bring,” said Sangma.

Dr Mukul Sangma said that Sunn was a focused man. Even when he was occupying the post of chief engineer, he would go to the spot and inspect the ground. “It’s been a privilege to have had him as a member of this House. With the same zeal and patience, he raised matters in the House,” said Dr Mukul.

Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said the 2018 term has been unfortunate for this House. “During my tenure as MLA, I think this is the first time this (death of five legislators) has ever happened. There is no conclusion, but I pray that almighty will be with all the members of this House,” said Tynsong.

The House also observed a moment of silence for Late Sunn and was then adjourned as per the rules of the Parliament. Sunn succumbed to COVID-19 on September 10. He was laid to rest on September 11, 2021.

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