First woman to con­test in GE dies

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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

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