KUALA LUMPUR: The outpouring which followed news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at age 56 on Wednesday included many world leaders who paid tribute to a man they called a "visionary".
Among them was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who called Jobs' death "a huge loss not only to Apple, but to the global community"."(Jobs was) truly an icon in the New Era," he posted on his Twitter account (@NajibRazak).
Najib is a strong supporter of the use of technology, even in everyday use. He owns an iPhone 3GS and has been quoted as saying the phone was his personal "walking dictionary".Bernama reported that the prime minister said Jobs was a "game changer" in the computing world following his ideas and products.
Jobs has been described as the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes.Apple said it had lost a visionary and creative genius and the world had lost an amazing human being.It added that Jobs' brilliance, passion and energy were the "source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives".
Jobs died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, although the Cupertino, California-based company did not state how he died.He had begun the company in 1976 in the garage of his Silicon Valley home, together with high school friend, Steve Wozniak.
Jobs was forced out of the company a decade later.He returned in 1997, helping to grow it into the most valuable technology company in the world.His fight against cancer began in 2004. On Aug 24 this year, he stepped down as Apple chief executive officer and was replaced by Tim Cook.Shortly after, pictures of a frail-looking Jobs appeared, indicating to the world just how bad his health problems were.