KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Malaysia today lost a patriot who spent almost her whole life fighting for the people, especially the Malays.
A recipient of Umno’s “Melayu Terbilang” (Outstanding Malay) Award in 2017, Tan Sri Napsiah Omar died at 5.45pm today at her son’s house in Ampang Jaya, leaving behind a monumental legacy of contributions to the nation.
In fact, to the 1.4 million members of Wanita Umno, she was a mother figure, having remained with the party as the permanent chairman of Wanita Umno.
Born on April 21, 1943, Napsiah’s political career saw her contesting the Kuala Pilah parliamentary seat in 1982, which she held for five terms until 2004.
Napsiah was appointed Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister in 1982, Minister of Public Enterprises (1987), Minister of National Unity and Social Development (1990), and was a Negri Sembilan state executive councillor from 1995-1999.
Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Napsiah was educated at Sekolah Melayu Kuala Pilah, and later continued her secondary education at Sekolah Tunku Kurshiah, Sekolah Tunku Mohammad and the Telopean Park School, Canberra, Australia.
She later did her bachelor’s degree in zoology and botany at the Australian National University, Canberra, before pursuing her masters’ degree in nutrition and education at Cornell University, New York, America.
Napsiah is survived by four children — Shahira, Mohamad Rizal, Shahrina and Norfizah. Her husband Abdul Aziz Yahya died in 1985.
Her remains are expected to be brought back to Kuala Pilah tonight and buried before zohor prayers tomorrow. — Bernama