Thursday, 20 October 2005

Al Fatehah kepada Kak Endon

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Datin Seri Paduka Endon Mahmood, beloved wife of our Prime Minister, or more popularly known as Kak Endon, left us this morning, at 7.55 Malaysian time in this holy month of Ramadan. Al Fatehah dan semoga Allah tempatkan rohnya di samping orang-orang yang beriman. And our thoughts are with you Pak Lah, during this very difficult time.

I have only met Kak Endon once during the launch of Jendela Batik fashion at the Dorchester in London last year. I felt very, very honoured when told that she had requested my presence there. The numerous times that I have covered our Prime Minister's visit to London, Kak Endon, for obvious reasons had not been able to be present. And for that reason, I have never had the chance to know her the way I did Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. Yet, I felt a bond with her, not only because she is our prime minister's wife, but also because of her passion for the kebaya nyonya. In my own small way, I too love the kebaya and hope that it will never be out of fashion. And when Kak Endon celebrated the kebaya, she revived a part of our cultural heritage. She will forever be remembered for this.

The Big C has taken her away. And I feel a loss. The country has lost its First Lady, our beloved Pak Lah has lost his wife.

Al Fatehah

Beautiful tributes to a beautiful lady/mother/wife/kakak can be found here:
Bergen
Anim
Lydia Teh
Nazrah
Ordinary Superhero
Maya

5xmom

Nohachomel


This is one picture I will treasure forever.


33 comments:

Queen Of The House said...

Al fatehah & takziah to the first family. Heard about it early this morning thru SMS on my husband's phone. She lost the battle in the end, but From Allah we come, to Him we return.

faux diamante said...

Innalillahiwainnailaihirajiun

RojakBuah said...

semoga Allah tempatkan roh arwah ditempat orang-orang beriman....amin..

faux diamante said...

kesian pulak pada cucu-cucu dia...

Ely said...

Innalillahiwainnailaihirajiun

my condolences to his family.

Nadia said...

innalillaahi wainna ilaihi raajioon...

Big C again.

kak teh...kebaya nyonya ni mcmana sebenanye? like kebarung?

sian pak lah...may ALlah give him strength and may allah protect us from the torment of the grave and the fire.

faux diamante said...

nadia: i have a writeup about kebaya Nyonya. InsyaAllah i will blog about it. tak pun beli la dua2 buku arwah Datin

KC said...

Kak Teh,
I'm just as moved and sad with her demised. Mom called up asking me to take the day off from work so that we could all go and pay our last respect for her, but *sigh* I just cannot afford that.
My prayers are for our beloved Pak Lah too, may he be strong in this difficult time for him and his family....

OneEE said...

al-fatihah

onde2

anedra said...

Alfatehah. This brings back memory of someone we lost to the Big C earlier this year. Sedih..

born-again drama queen said...

dia pergi dalam bulan yg baik...insyaAllah dalam husnul khatimah ye..can't help feeling sad,still..

AuntyN said...

Al-fatihah untuk arwah dan takziah to Pak Lah and family. It is difficult for Pak Lah because they were very loving couple. He now lost two very dear people in his life, his mother and his wife. Prayers to him as well.

bergen said...

We come with expiry date.

rayhana lisa said...

inna lillahi wa ina ilaihi raji-oon..

Lydia Teh said...

KT, I'm also very sad to hear the news. Like you, I've blogged about it but unlike you, I've never had the chance to meet her.

MA said...

Alfatihah.

anggerik merah said...

Alfatihah. Semuga rohnya dicucuri rahmat.

raudha said...

semoga arwah mendapat tempat istimewa di sisiNYA.

bergen said...

Maybe because she was the symbol of humility.
Maybe because she went about with a faint smile.
Maybe because we know that the faint smile was her way to suppress the pain.
Maybe because she suppressed the pain to give us the confidence that everything was OK, nothing to worry about,the country is in good hands, her husband shouldn't be worried about her, and therefore why should we.
Maybe because we didn't see her enough on tv the way we do of Datin Sri going about in expensive clothes gigling away as if a Hollywood star who got nominated.
Maybe because she was the symbol of an ordinary housewife who dressed simple.
Maybe because I only heard her once in a speech about batik for the world.
Maybe because she was a woman who did her best as a wife despite the pain.
Maybe because she was not a typical Datin Sri.
I have never met her
nor spoke to her
but here I am
in the middle of South China Sea
rain slashing
waves pounding
thinking of
Datin Sri Endon.

Good bye, ma'am.

thinktankgal said...

Al Fatihah....Very sad day indeed...and I hope Pak Lah will be strong...And I like Bergen's short post...very real indeed..Thanks!

Restless said...

p.s. Beautifully said, bergen. Couldn't have said more.

MakNenek said...

Inalillahwainalillahrojeeun

mobilemom said...

Innalillahiwainnalillahirajiun...

Kak Teh,

Cherish all the memory that you had with her. I'm glad you had that opportunity to meet up with her and had your picture taken with her. :)

She was a very simple and humble lady who I looked up to as an icon and cancer fighter. She was doing so well...I was shocked when I got the news through my husband's handphone this morning. I have met her few times on a wedding and formal occasion. Always smiling and glowing walking side by side with her husband. Such a loving couple.

BTW, beautifully said Bergen...

AL-FATIHAH.

BQ said...

Even us in Singapore were really surprised when we heard it this morning. She was a picture of humility. I share your loss. Al-fatheha. Semoga rohnya dirahmati Allah swt.

bibliobibuli said...

Am very sad too ...

apples4me said...

Alfatiha...

Mutiara said...

Al-Fatehah untuk arwah Kak Endon. Knew her before she was the First lady. She cooked delicious juada. Thanks KT for msg me yesterday

Hari said...

Beautiful tribute. I never met the lady but somehow I know I shall miss her. In all that outward show of being calm, there was a lady of enormous strength. She will be missed.

dr in the house said...

I felt very, very honoured when told that she had requested my presence there.

Kak Teh, it is truly an honour to have someone of such status to request your presence...

May Allah swt give her peace.

Lady K said...

AlFatihah and takziah to Pak Lah n family. Saw on TV, the clips on her, ada part masa dia n pak lah held hands and suap each other...so sweet sangat......merambu-rambu airmata saya berjurai.......Pak Lah was very devastated when his mother passed away......and now losing his soulmate..........tapi itu ketentuan Allah, kita kena redha.

shud said...

Kak teh...saw ur write up bout datin endon inside the sunday mail...my first instict says that this could be kak teh..btw al fatehah to Pak Lah's members

p/s: u look sweet inside the small pic!

KC said...

I spent the whole night reading all Sunday's newspapers yesterday. Came accross your article too. Read another one by Wahti Muhidin, then by Kee Hua Chee, then also by Kalimullah Hassan.The very one thing about arwah is that, dia berkawan tak kenal pangkat dan darjat. It's entirely true that the whole nation griefs with Pak Lah.
Allah SWT bless her soul. Amin

Jane Johan said...

I will remember her as a very courageous and strong woman.

My mom died of the same cause when I was barely 4 yrs old.

Al-Fatihah.