Good­bye, Wan Esah

New Straits Times - - Viewpoint -

ESAH Muham­mad, 92, died last Wed­nes­day, leav­ing be­hind a legacy that could be em­u­lated. The grand old lady and ma­tri­arch of the In­dot fam­ily died peace­fully sur­rounded by fam­ily mem­bers.

She came to the city from a very ru­ral back­ground. Ad­just­ing to the city wasn’t easy at first. But her per­se­ver­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion helped her pick up two lan­guages.

Soon af­ter leav­ing her kam­pung in Behrang Ulu in lower Perak to live in down­town Bukit Bin­tang in the 1950s, Wan Esah started to learn English and Can­tonese from her fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Her com­mand of the two lan­guages was good enough for her to read the news­pa­pers and do her daily mar­ket shop­ping. Her Can­tonese helped get good dis­counts when buy­ing fish and veg­eta­bles.

Wan Esah will be missed by all, in­clud­ing her fel­low Qu­ran­read­ing stu­dents. I re­mem­ber es­cort­ing her to the Qu­ran classes and car­ry­ing the big rat­tan bag for her shop­ping at the nearby wet mar­ket.

Al-Fate­hah for Al­lah­yarhamah Wan Esah. Mog­amoga rohnya dicu­curi rah­mat.

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