Thursday, October 20, 2005


Al Fatihah
In memory of Datin Seri Endon Mahmood
1940 - 2005
Inalilah Wa Inalillahirajiun, dari ALLAH kita datang, kepadaNYA kembali kita.
Kepada YAB PM Malaysia, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sekeluarga, diucapkan takziah atas kembalinya kerahmatullah isteri dan ibu tercinta kalian. Semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat.
Endon hid her own suffering to be with the people and gave support to her husband during the general election in March 2004, as soon as she returned from a one-month follow-up treatment in the United States. On April 17, 2002, Endon underwent a radical mastectomy at St John’s Medical Centre in Los Angeles, United States. She had also undergone 33 radiation and physiotherapy sessions at the same
hospital. After that, Endon continued to receive Abraxene chemotherapy in the
United States. She returned home last Oct 2 hoping that she could celebrate
Aidilfitri with her family and the people. Following the chemotherapy and
long-haul flight from the United States, Endon was admitted to Putrajaya
Hospital for observation as she was still physically weak. After 15 days there,
Endon was brought home to Seri Perdana to enable her family members to always be with her. Abdullah, Endon’s mother Datin Mariam Abdullah, her two children
Kamaluddin and Nori, daughter-in-law Azrene Abdullah, son-in-law Khairy
Jamaluddin and her four grandchildren, who are Kamaluddin’s children, were by
her side before she breathed her last at 7.55am today.
Born on Dec 24, 1940, Endon received her primary education at the Anglo-Chinese School in Kampar, Perak, from 1951 to 1952 before continuing her studies at the St Mary Secondary School in Kuala Lumpur till she completed the Senior Cambridge
level.Endon married Abdullah in 1965 when she was in the government service. She
opted to retire from the public service in 1976. In her life, she was active in
charity and community works. She was involved in several charity funds,
including the Bosnia Relief Fund, the North Korean Children’s Fund and the
Kosovo Welfare Fund. She also lent her support to various non-governmental
organisations such as the Pergerakan Pandu Puteri Islam Malaysia, the Malaysia
Women Writers’ Association and the Caring Culture Foundation Malaysia
Endon was also known for her aggressive moves in promoting the country’s fabric art heritage, which includes kebaya Nyonya, batik and songket. She was named Tokoh Jarum Berlian Malaysia 2004 for her contribution in dignifying the national arts heritage to the international level. Despite her fragile condition, Endon was
dedicated to her effort in promoting songket and batik and had planned to
organise the Kuala Lumpur International Batik Convention 2005 to promote
Malaysian batik to the world on Dec 8. Her interest in local handicraft since
her younger days, spurred her to collect and host exhibitions on various types
of garments including songket and kebaya nyonya. She recorded her collection in
a book entitled The Nyonya Kebaya produced in November 2002. It was followed by
a symposium and exhibition at the National Arts Gallery in 2003. The book was
reproduced in March this year with a new title A Century of Straits Chinese
Costume. To inject a new lease of life to the batik industry, Endon initiated
the “Malaysian Batik Movement - Creation For The World” competition. It had
successfully brought up new talents and their batik creations were then promoted
through several fashion shows overseas.Besides being the president of the
Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), Endon was also
made the Chancellor of Open University Malaysia in December 2004. A new orchid,
produced by Mardi, has been named Mokara Datin Seri Endon after Endon.

Subhanallah Alhamdulillah Lailahailallah Allahuakbar


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