Former national unity community development minister Zaleha Ismail dies


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Former National Unity and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail (pic) has died. She was 84.


Zaleha died at about 8.15pm on Saturday (Nov 14) at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur due to several health complications, said her brother-in-law Abdul Aziz Shahrin, 60, when contacted by Bernama.

He said Zaleha was at home when she had breathing difficulties at 6pm. She was then taken to hospital for treatment.

“Her remains will be brought to the Salahuddin Al-Ayubbi Mosque in Taman Melati here, at 9am tomorrow (Nov 15) for prayers, before being laid to rest at Taman Ibukota Muslim Cemetery,” he said.

Zaleha was Deputy Transport Minister before she served as National Unity and Community Development Minister from 1995 to 1999.

She was also Wanita Umno deputy chief from 1976 to 1980 and Kuala Lumpur Wanita Umno head from 1977 until 1978.

Zaleha, who was married to the late Abd Rahman Ali, is survived by three sons Datuk Dr Zurin Adnan, Zurin Azlan and Zurin Azrai. – Bernama

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