20 October 2005

Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood passes away

Our Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood passed away this morning after a lengthy struggle with breast cancer. She was 64 years old. She passed away in the PM’s official residence at 7:55am this morning.

She is the President of the Association of Wives of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers (BAKTI), Founder and Chairman of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (PENYAYANG) and Patron of various charitable organisations, namely National Child Friendly Healthcare Association of Malaysia; Young Women Writers’ Association; Girl Guides Malaysia; Association of Wives of Civil Servants and Women Civil Servants (PUSPANITA) and Friends of Cochlea Implant Users Association.

She devotes her time to social, community and charity works, particularly to the welfare and well-being of women and children. She has successfully spearheaded several international welfare projects, namely The Bosnia Relief Fund, The North Korean Children’s Fund and The Kosovo Welfare Fund. On 24 August 2004, she was bestowed the Pingat Tun Fatimah by Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid at the National Women’s Day dinner, to honour her contributions to society and community development. - OUM
Rojaks & Crews : Our deepest condolences to Pak Lah

Also taken from the comments section in Paultan.org a poem dedicated to Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood

I heard over radio
The PM’s wife passed away
Years of fighting
The cancer in her way

She put up a smiling face
Helping others understand pain
In her own way
She never fails to share
A little moment
A cherish call in the hearts of many

She grew up once in Kampar
Learning the multi-racial maps
A little she would know
She becomes the PM’s wife

During the course of her life
She launched many to help the unfortunates
In her own organizations she did
Reaching out to all
A helping hand she would say

The batik industry shouldn’t forget
She did it on her own resolution
Suddenly the batik becomes fashion icon
Amongst the elite and public
Now Allah has taken her away
Leaving her hall marks in memory
The trade and industry will flourish
In her honor everyone shares

Now may Allah blesses her soul
For giving us a great woman
In our midst that everyone remembers

20/10/05 1.59pm
By Lanaibeach

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