First woman to contest in GE dies
KUALA LUMPUR: A veteran Umno member and the first woman to contest in the 1959 general election, Datuk Siti Rahmah Kassim, died in Kelana Jaya yesterday.
Siti Rahmah, 91, died at 10.55am.
Her daughter, Puan Sri Professor Dr Rohaty Mohd Majzub said her mother had been unwell for the past three months.
“My siblings and I were by her side when she died.”
She was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery here yesterday.
In 1957, Siti Rahmah was the first Malay woman to donate her gold bangle so that the nation’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, could make the trip to London to negotiate for Malaya’s independence from the British.
She entered politics at 19. In 1959, she won the Terentang state seat in Negri Sembilan, which she held for two terms before retiring in 1964.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed his condolences to the family of Siti Rahmah Kassim.
“Innalillah. Received the sad news. Datuk Siti Rahmah Kassim passed away this morning. Condolence to the family. AlFatihah,” he tweeted last night.
Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Siti Rahmah had fought for independence and was willing to sacrifice her wealth.
“Her passing is felt by everyone, especially Wanita Umno, as her determination inspires us to continue with our struggles No one can replace her.”
Datuk Siti Rahmah Kassim