02 Julai, 2010

[hang nadim] Balu Tun Dr. Ismail meninggal dunia....

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Julai - Toh Puan Norashikin Mohd. Seth, balu kepada bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman meninggal dunia hari ini kerana sakit tua.

Allahyarhamah Norashikin, 80, meninggal dunia pada 12 tengah hari di Hospital Pakar Damansara, kata anak perempuannya, Zailah.

Jenazah akan dikebumikan di Makam Pahlawan selepas zohor esok.

Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) berkata, kerajaan telah memutuskan supaya Allahyarhamah diberi penghormatan istiadat pengebumian negara.

Penghormatan terakhir akan diadakan dari 12 tengah hari hingga 1.30 tengah hari di Dewan Syarahan, Masjid Negara, sebelum pengebumian, menurut kenyataan Bahagian Istiadat dan Urus Setia Persidangan Antarabangsa JPM.

Jenazah kini berada di kediaman Allahyarhamah di No. 100, Jalan Pinggir Za'aba, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail di sini.

"Arwah dimasukkan ke hospital selama lebih sebulan dan tidak pernah mengadu apa-apa sakit sebelum itu," kata Zailah.

Semua enam anak dan 13 cucu berada di sisi ketika Allahyarhamah menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

Antara empat anak lelakinya ialah bekas Anggota Parlimen Sungai Benut, Mohamed Tawfik yang merupakan anak sulung.

Dr. Ismail, yang berasal dari Johor, merupakan timbalan kepada Perdana Menteri kedua Tun Abdul Razak Hussein dan turut memegang portfolio Menteri Dalam Negeri.

Dr. Ismail dan Norashikin berkahwin dalam tahun 1950.

Dr. Ismail meninggal dunia akibat sakit jantung pada 2 Ogos 1973 dan dikebumikan di Makam Pahlawan. - BERNAMA

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Ismail Abdul Rahman

2nd Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
September 22, 1970 – August 2, 1973
Preceded by Tun Abdul Razak
Succeeded by Tun Hussein Onn

Born November 4, 1915
Johor Bahru, Johor
Died August 2, 1973 (aged 57)
Political party Barisan Nasional, UMNO
Spouse(s) Norashikin Mohd Seth
Religion Islam

Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman (November 4, 1915 – August 2, 1973) was a Malaysian politician from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He held several Malaysian ministerial posts and was appointed as the second Deputy Prime Minister in 1970 by then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. Three years later, Tun Dr Ismail died in office due to a heart attack. Ismail has been called "the man who saved Malaysia" for his actions as Home Minister after the May 13 Incident of racial rioting in 1969.[1]
Early life

Born in Johor Bahru to Abdul Rahman bin Yassin, Ismail was part of a well-connected and influential family in Johor. His maternal grandfather was Haji Mohamed Salleh bin Abdullah, an ethnic Chinese convert to Islam and former State Treasurer of Johor. After Zahara binte Abu Bakar, Abdul Rahman's wife and Ismail's mother, died in 1936, Abdul Rahman married Kamariah, the sister of Dato Onn Ja'afar, the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Johor. The remarriage was encouraged by Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, who sought to unite the Johor aristocracy by blood. Abdul Rahman himself almost became Menteri Besar according to Ismail, but failed because he "refused to indulge in intrigues". Abdul Rahman later went on to become the first President of the Dewan Negara (Senate) of the Parliament of Malaysia, and also the first chairman of Malayan Banking.[2]

Ismail was raised by his maternal grandmother due to his mother's various illnesses, and received his primary education at Sekolah Bukit Zaharah, although his education was interrupted by frequent trips to see distant relatives. Ismail's initial friends were predominantly Malay, but when he continued his education at the English College of Johor Bahru, Ismail gravitated to non-Malays due to his interest in the opposite sex — Chinese girls often being given more freedom to mingle than their Malay counterparts in those days. Ismail later said: "I am convinced that this early mingling with the other races during the most impressionable stage of my life had a lot to do with my non-racial outlook." Ismail forged close friendships with the daughters of Cheah Tiang Earn, a friend of his father's. Eileen and Joyce Chuah would later both marry into the influential Kuok family, which Ismail got to know through them. Ismail also befriended the children of Joseph Chako Puthucheary, who would later become important players in Malaysian and Singaporean politics.[2]

Ismail's father believed strongly in the benefits of education, unlike many Malays of the time, and ensured his children received the best education possible. Two of his sons became lawyers and another an economist. In 1939, the British General Adviser W.E. Pepys lamented that "the only Johore Malay who has got a university degree is Encik(Mr.) Suleiman bin Abdul Rahman, the son of Dato Abdul Rahman, State Treasurer, Johore."[2] Ismail himself went on to obtain a degree at the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore. In 1945, he became the first Malay to obtain a MBBS from University of Melbourne, Australia. Ismail's son later said that his education in Australia greatly impacted his worldview: "He was on his own and a member of a minority there. He didn’t have other Malays to prop him up and he had a sense of loneliness. He felt that he was treated as an equal and that this was the way he would want to treat other people as well."[3]

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