Jones died at the Augustus Long Hospital in Pointe-a- Pierre, where he had been hospitalised two weeks earlier after suffering from pneumonia.
Rowley said as a chemical engineer, Jones “was at the forefront of the establishment of the Pt Lisas port and industrial complex.” He said Jones, “dedicated his life to the industrial development of the nation.” Rowley said while Jones’ passing was a great loss to the nation, “we should comfort ourselves that he was a patriot.” The Prime Minister expressed his condolences and that of the Government to Jones’ family, relatives and friends. He added that TT was grateful for the service which Jones had given.
In a statement, Energy Minister Franklin Khan said Jones “was a true pioneer whose dedication and commitment to the development of the domestic energy sector was unquestionable.” Khan said Jones served with distinction at the executive level in several state enterprises, including his last tenure in 2009 as Petrotrin’s executive chairman. He said Jones was a member of a group of visionaries who transformed TT’s energy sector into a world class location and laid the foundation for this country’s economic development.
“As a country, we are indebted to pioneers like Malcolm Jones whose contributions to TT helped us gain international recognition as an important energy province and favoured site for energy sector investment,” Khan said.