Fam­ily, friends and celebri­ties mourn loss of a ‘car­ing’ and ‘ded­i­cated’ man

New Straits Times - - News - THARANYA ARUMUGAM SHAH ALAM

KINDHEARTED, lov­ing, car­ing and ded­i­cated: this is how friends and fam­ily de­scribed celebrity chef Datuk Raja Rosly Raja Ma­zlan, who died of di­a­betes and kid­ney com­pli­ca­tions on Fri­day.

Raja Rosly, 57, fondly known as Pak Engku, was ad­mit­ted to Darul Eh­san Med­i­cal Cen­tre here on Thurs­day for health con­di­tions and un­der­went surgery that night.

So­lat je­nazah (fu­neral prayer) was held at Sul­tan Salahud­din Ab­dul Aziz Shah Mosque at 9.30am yes­ter­day, and his re­mains were laid to rest at the Shah Alam Royal Mau­soleum about 11am.

Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah and his con­sort, Tengku Per­maisuri Se­lan­gor Tengku Per­maisuri No­rashikin, paid their last re­spects.

About 500 peo­ple, in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­bers, friends and celebri­ties, were present.

Pak Engku’s el­dest son, Raja Muham­mad Da­nial, 21, said his fa­ther was ill for some time, but did not want to bur­den his friends and fam­ily.

“Dad was a strong-spir­ited and lov­ing man, but he did not like to show af­fec­tion. He is a per­fec­tion­ist and worka­holic, but never failed to spend time with us.”

Pak Engku’s nephew, Raja Azlan Shah Raja Anuar, 30, who spent 20 years un­der his wings, said his un­cle al­ways made the peo­ple around him happy.

“He taught me a lot about the cater­ing busi­ness, some­thing he was pas­sion­ate about. He was never stingy when it came to shar­ing knowl­edge.”

Pak Engku’s friend, Datuk Ma­hat Ba­hari, 65, said: “Pak Engku was help­ful, hum­ble, soft-spo­ken and friendly. He val­ued friend­ship. I feel his loss. ”

Mu­sic com­poser S. Atan, 68, who made two al­bums with Pak Engku, said the de­ceased loved to sing, es­pe­cially the oldies.

“He also col­lected an­tiques.

“I had known him for only two years, yet I feel as if we had been friends for life.

“He of­ten shared his recipes with us. He wanted to work on a third al­bum this year. Un­for­tu­nately, it did not ma­te­ri­alise.”

Vet­eran Artist Foun­da­tion chair­man Kis­mah Jo­har, 65, said Pak Engku al­ways in­vited her and friends over to try out new recipes.

Pak Engku, who owned Kuzie Cater­ing & Wed­ding Plan­ner, is sur­vived by his wife, Datin Ramziah Samah, 47, and three chil­dren.

He was born in Kam­pung Batu Laut, Bant­ing, Se­lan­gor, and was a clerk at the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil’s of­fice from 1979 to 1981, be­fore ven­tur­ing into cater­ing.

He was a major fig­ure in the cater­ing and culinary busi­ness for the last 25 years.

He had also au­thored sev­eral recipe books.

He had been the of­fi­cial caterer for Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s Hari Raya Aidil­fitri open houses since 2009.

Con­do­lence mes­sages poured in on so­cial me­dia for Pak Engku’s fam­ily.

The of­fice of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi wrote on its Twit­ter page: “Con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Raja Rosly (Pak Engku). May his soul be placed among the righ­teous in par­adise, ameen. Al-Fati­hah”.


Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah pour­ing wa­ter on Datuk Raja Rosly Raja Ma­zlan’s grave at the Shah Alam Royal Mau­soleum yes­ter­day. With him are his con­sort, Tengku Per­maisuri Se­lan­gor Tengku Per­maisuri No­rashikin (left), and Raja Rosly’s wife, Datin Ramziah Samah (sec­ond from right).

Datuk Raja Rosly Raja Ma­zlan

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