Pioneering Mill Hill Catholic missionary Brother Albert Rottensteiner (pic), who built Sarawak’s first micro-hydroelectric dam, has passed away.
Brother Albert, an Italian missionary who holds a Malaysian permanent resident status, died aged 87 in the missionary retirement home in Brixen town in northern Italy on April 29.
He had served in Miri Catholic Diocese in northern Sarawak for 38 years, transforming the lives of thousands of Orang Ulu natives before retiring and returning to Italy in 2000.
Orang Ulu National Association chairman for Sarawak Peter Kallang said the late Brother Albert was a hero to the local natives.
“I was on the phone talking to Brother Albert on April 29 and several hours later I received a message from a friend that he had collapsed and died after a meal.
Source: The Star