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    Thursday, October 20, 2005
    A sad day for our Prime Minister

    PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood died at 7.55 am today at the Prime Minister's official residence here after fighting a long battle with cancer.
    Endon, 64, breathed her last about 18 days after returning from treatment for breast cancer in Los Angeles, United States. She is survived by two children. Thousands of Malaysians started paying their last respects at Seri Perdana, the prime minister's official residence, from 11am.

    VIPs and foreign dignitaries started to pay their last respects at at 9.30 am. Abdullah sworn in as the 5th Prime Minister on 31 October 2003. Among the earliest to arrive were Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. Endon's remains will be brought to the Putrajaya Mosque for funeral prayers during Asar, before being laid to rest at the Muslim burial grounds at Precinct 20, Putrajaya.

    This is a rare moment of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to the public's eyes as seen here kissing his wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood upon arriving home from work two days before becoming the Prime Minister.

    Here are some immediate reactions:
    MIC President Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu
    The demise of Datin Seri Endon Mahmood is a great loss to the Prime Minister and all Malaysians and we are saddened by her death. She is a very fine lady, very polished, polite and pleasant, and always had a soft heart for the poor. She had on several occasions organised and raised funds for the poor. As chairman of Bakti, she has led the organisation well by providing foodstuff for the needy and poor. In all my conversations with her she has demonstrated her kindness and respectfulness.

    Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang
    It has come as a shock because we believed she was recovering. In the short period as First Lady, she has managed to establish a fond place in the hearts of Malaysians because of her kindness, humility, consideration and courage fighting the killer disease. She did not give up without a battle and for encouraging other women who are suffering from breast cancer.

    Former first lady Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali
    I received the sad news early in the morning through the short messaging system (SMS). I felt so sad when I heard the news as I have known Allahyarham for a long time, as friend and also colleague in Bakti. I am really saddened by her death and I regret the fact that I could not visit her while she was in the hospital. Endon's death - which comes less than two months after she and Abdullah marked their 40th wedding anniversary - is the biggest personal blow to the Malaysian leader since he took office in October 2003 following the retirement of his predecessor, longtime leader Mahathir Mohamad, the AP meanwhile reported. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said Abdullah has accepted his wife's death, even though the family was surprised when Endon's condition worsened suddenly early Thursday.

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    Al-Fatihah, may God bless her soul and i hope our Prime Minister have the strenght to perform his fasting during Ramadhan.
    posted by Jamloceng @ 4:20 PM  
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