Former NST specialist writer Othman Abu Bakar dies


KUALA SELANGOR: Former New Straits Times Press (NSTP) specialist writer Othman Abu Bakar succumbed to lung cancer at his home in Bandar Puncak Alam here today.

He was 58.

His eldest daughter, Nur Liyana, 19, said Othman who was wheelchair-bound died at 8.15am.

She said about two weeks ago, her father had undergone surgery to insert a titanium plate in his back.

Meanwhile, Yayasan Salam chairman Ahmad Abd Talib, who was a close friend of the deceased said he had known Othman since they worked in the NSTP’s Business Times paper in the early 1980s.

“Othman was a dedicated and responsible journalist. Yayasan Salam had planned to launch a project to help Othman after Aidilfitri but unfortunately, missed the opportunity,” he told reporters after attending the burial at the Muslim cemetery in Kampung Felda Bukit Cherakah, Puncak Alam here.

Othman, who was also former associate editor of The Edge is survived by widow, Fadilah Jantan, 48, and another daughter, Nur Amani, 17.