KUALA LUMPUR: The late Rahah Mohamed Noah, the widow of second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, was laid to rest at the Heroes’ Mausoleum at the National Mosque here at 3.30pm today.
Her remains were buried beside the grave of her sister Suhailah Mohamed Noah, widow of third prime minister Hussein Onn, who died on Oct 4, 2014.
Earlier, Rahah’s remains were brought to the National Mosque for the state funeral ceremony.
Funeral prayers as well as the tahlil and talkin recitation were performed, led by National Mosque grand imam Ehsan Mohd Husni.
Rahah is the mother of sixth prime minister Najib Razak.
The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and her daughter, Tengku Puteri Afzan Aminah Hafizatullah, together with family members of the late Rahah, including Najib, witnessed the last journey of Rahah.
Also present were Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Noorainee Abdul Rahman, former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as well as several Cabinet ministers, including Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa and Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.
Dewan Negara president Rais Yatim, Chief of Defence Force Affendi Buang, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, senior deputy secretary-general in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan and AirAsia Group Bhd CEO Tony Fernandes were also seen at the mosque.
A sombre mood enveloped the Heroes’ Mausoleum compound where dignitaries, family members and friends turned up to pay their last respects.
The state funeral ceremony was also broadcast live via a television channel.
After the tahlil and talkin recitation, Tunku Azizah poured scented water on Rahah’s grave, followed by Muhyiddin, Najib and his family members.
A Jalur Gemilang was then presented to Najib by Sallehhuddin, marking the end of the state funeral ceremony for Rahah.
Rahah’s remains were earlier brought to the Ar-Rahah Mosque, Kampung Kerinchi here, from her residence to be bathed and wrapped in shroud before the public was allowed to pay their last respects.
The funeral prayers were held at the mosque after the Zohor prayers before the remains were taken to the National Mosque for the state funeral.
The funeral prayers were again performed at the main prayer hall of the National Mosque upon the arrival of Rahah’s remains at 2.15pm.
Rahah, 87, died at the Prince Court Medical Centre here yesterday afternoon.
Born on June 11, 1933 in Muar, Johor, she was the youngest daughter of Mohamed Noah Omar.
Rahah married Razak on Sept 4, 1952, and they were blessed with five sons – Najib, Mohamed Nazir, Ahmad Johari, Mohamed Nizam and Mohamed Nazim.
She was awarded the Seri Setia Mahkota Award by the federal government in 1976, which carries the title “Tun”, and had also received the Tun Fatimah Gold Medal from the National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO); the Srikandi (Heroine) Award from the Malaysian Girl Guides Association; and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Education) from Universiti Utara Malaysia.
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