Goodbye, Wan Esah
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.