KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The demise of Wanita Umno Permanent Chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar today is a huge loss for the movement.
Its chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Napsiah was a female warrior of no equal.
“The results of her decades of struggle are felt by all women and the whole nation. Her legacy of unity has become the strong bond that unites us, the 1.4 million members of Wanita Umno.
“As an experienced icon of Wanita Umno, her demise now leaves a space that is difficult to fill,” she said in a statement today.
Shahrizat also admitted that Napsiah’s death impacted her personally as the latter had always been the person she would refer to and seek advice from to continue advancing in politics.
“Personally, I feel like I’ve just lost a sister who I respected and loved the most,” she said.
Napsiah, who was Kuala Pilah Member of Parliament (MP) for five terms (1986-2004), breathed her last at 6.10pm at her son’s house in Ampang Jaya, near here today after losing her battle against liver cancer.
She was 74.
Meanwhile, Puteri Umno Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin expressed sympathy and extended her condolences to Napsiah’s family on her passing.
The death of the prominent female warrior, who was crowned the ‘Tokoh Melayu Terbilang’ Award at Umno’s 71st anniversary celebration in May 2017, is a huge loss to the country, she said.
“She was firm and steadfast in championing and uplifting women in Malaysia in the 1990s,” Mas Ermieyati said in a statement today.
Wanita Umno executive councillor Datuk Jamelah A. Bakar also described Napsiah as a great female leader whose death was a huge loss to the movement.
“She hid her illness to continue discharging her duties and responsibilities,” she said.
Napsiah’s remains are expected to be laid to rest at Jalan Melang Muslim cemetery, Kuala Pilah before Zohor prayer tomorrow. — Bernama