Former Palm Oil Board chairman Basir Ismail dies

TAIPING: Former Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman Tan Sri Basir Ismail died of a heart attack in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. He was 79. 

Basir, who was also former Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd executive chairman and Kumpulan Fima chairman, died at 5.30am Friday at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur. 

He leaves behind a wife Puan Sri Hamidah binti Abdul Rahman, a son and three daughters. 

Basir, who would have turned 80 next month, was later buried at the Ikhwaniah Mosque cemetery in Simpang near here. 

Although Basir had wanted his funeral to be a private and low-key affair, many people attended his funeral on Friday. 

They included former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, Perak state assembly speaker Datuk Md Isa Ismail, state Financial Officer Datuk Jamalludin Al Amini Ahmad and Datin Seri Kamariah Mokri, the wife of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali. 

Basir's son Ahmad Riza said it had been his father’s final wish to be buried at his hometown

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