Condolence messages and reactions

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  • Thursday, 20 Oct 2005

MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting

The party, Malaysian Chinese community and I express our deepest sympathy on the passing of our nation's first lady, Datin Seri Endon Mahmood. 

We are extremely saddened by her demise. She was a hard worker and caring person. Despite her battle with cancer, she put others ahead of her own hardship. She is greatly loved and admired by the people. 

To Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family who would be in great need of love, strength and understanding at this moment in life, we are encouraged to know that he is a man of great faith and has the inner vigour to overcome the loss. 

The Chinese community will continue to pray for peace, compassion and strength for the family in their hour of sorrow and also for the nation as Endon's demise is an immense loss to all Malaysians.  

Endon had throughout her life served the people, working quietly but effectively alongside with her beloved husband. 

And as the country's first lady, her contributions reached beyond the boundaries of Malaysia, working for the betterment of the less fortunate and needy, regardless of their race and religion. 

MIC President Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu

The demise of Datin Seri Endon Mahmood is a great loss to the Prime Minister and all Malaysians and we are saddened by her death. 

She was a very fine lady, very polished, polite and pleasant, and always had a soft spot for the poor. 

She had on several occasions organised and raised funds for the poor. 

As chairman of Bakti, she had led the organisation well by providing foodstuff for the needy and poor. 

In all my conversations with her she had demonstrated her kindness and respectfulness.  

Gerakan President Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik:  

We are very saddened by her death. 

Our deepest condolences to Pak Lah and his family. 

MCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy

Datuk Seri Endon's demise is a great loss to her family and nation. 

We are very saddened and pray for our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family to have the strength to overcome their grief. 

MCA Secretary-General Datuk Ong Ka Chuan: 

We are very sad over the demise of Datin Seri Endon Mahmood. 

She was a brave lady, a pillar of strength for her husband and family and a shining example for all Malaysians. 

We pray to God to give our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family the courage and strength to face the loss. 

MCA Youth Chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai

The MCA Youth is very saddened by the demise of Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, We extend our deepest condolences to our Prime Minister and his family. 

She was a caring, loving and charitable person and had contributed immensely until her very last days. Her demise is a great loss to all. 

Wanita MCA Secretary-General Daruk Yu Chok Tow

We are very sad and Datin Seri Endon's demise is a great loss to her family and nation. 

She was a good example for all women, very strong and caring, and continued to help and think for others though not feeling well at times.  

"She was a very good example for all women." 

MIC Deputy President Datuk S.Subramaniam

We are saddened and pray that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family will be blessed with courage to tide over this difficult moment. 

My wife and I had always found Datin Paduka Seri Endon to be friendly, pleasant and compassionate. 

We pray that her souls will rest in peace. 

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Talib

It is a sad loss for the nation. She was a great person, a wonderful woman, caring and understanding. 

The most important is she was a good example to a lot of women. She was a strong pillar to the nation. 

People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk Dr M. Kayveas

On behalf of PPP and my family, I wish to extend my condolence to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family for the passing of his beloved wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood. 

Although we cannot imagine the sadness and loss felt by our Prime Minister, we will go through all sadness and difficulties with him. 

All PPP members, my family and I will feel the loss for a long time. May God bless her soul. 

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo

I have called on mosques in Selangor to organise "majlis tahlil" for Kak Endon beginning today. May her soul rest in peace. We have lost a well-loved figure, especially the state, for she was born in Klang.  

Kak Endon had given tremendously to the country. For example, her unrelentless passion to revive the popularity of batik. 

Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob

Datuk Seri has lost a loving wife and good mother to his children. 

We hope that the Prime Minister will remain calm. We pray that Endon will be placed among the Good in the afterlife 

The entire state is with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the family in sharing the loss of Kak Endon. We will be with them through this journey of grief.  

Backbenchers Club Chairman Datuk Shahrir Samad

She was the pillar of support for the Prime Minister.  

It must have been a huge impact on him. 

We, MPs, are very saddened by her death. 

PAS secretary - general Kamaruddin Jaffar

We hope the Prime Minister and his family will take her passing as a fate from God. 

On behalf of PAS, I extend my condelonces to them. 

PAS youth chief Salahuddin Ayub

On behalf of the leadership and members of PAS Youth central committee, I would like to extend my condolences to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the passing of his wife. 

We believe her passing is a great loss to the country and we pray that Abdullah and his family will be strong and patient in facing this test. 

Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang

It has come as a shock because we believed she was recovering. 

In the short period as First Lady, she has managed to establish a fond place in the hearts of Malaysians because of her kindness, humility, consideration and courage fighting the killer disease. 

She did not give up without a battle and for encouraging other women who are suffering from breast cancer. 

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib

Endon's demise is a big loss to Malaysians. She was a caring person and had a steely spirit to fight breast cancer. 

I, my family and the Parliament wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family in this period of bereavement. 

We are saddened by the passing of a loving and caring person. 

Former first lady Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali

I received the sad new early in the morning through the short messaging system (SMS). 

I felt so sad when I heard the news as I have known Allahyarham for a long time, as friend and also colleague in Bakti. 

I am really saddened by her death and I regret the fact that I could not visit her while she was in the hospital. 

PENANG Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon

On behalf of the state government and the people of Penang, I would like to extend my condolences and deepest sympathies to the Prime Minister and his family members. 

Kak Endon's demise is a great loss as she was a kind, loving and caring person. 

Even when she was sick, she would still be showing concern to others.  

I treated her like my own sister and was so touched when she called up from United States during the Gerakan general election in August to give me moral support. 

MALACCA Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam

Her demise is a great loss to the country. 

Kak Endon is a friendly and caring person, who had initiated lots of programmes involving women. 

All mosques in the state will perform doa tahlil for Endon for three consecutive days. 

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman

It is a great loss to Malaysians particularly women. 

The people of Sabah are sharing the grief of our beloved Prime Minister. 

The people will always remember Endon's contribution and sacrifices for the countryMusa, who cancelled all scheduled functions yesterday, left for Kuala Lumpur with his wife Faridah and other state leaders to attend the funeral. 

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud

My wife and I are deeply saddened by her demise. 

I am deeply saddened by the loss of a good friend of the family.  

I would like to extend our condolences to Pak Lah and all members of his family. 

I pray to God that he will bless Endon with eternal peace in heaven. 

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid: 

Datin Seri Endon Mahmood's demise is a loss to the country because Kak Endon was a great pillar behind our Prime Minister.  

She was a very strong person, especially in terms of emphasizing the importance of family values. 

She had set the benchmark for many things, in terms of the arts and culture  

Acting Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Mahdzir Khalid

Malaysia has lost a caring mother with the demise of Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood. 

Endon was a caring First Lady who was full of motherly advice. 

I have known her personally when I was working as the Prime Minister’s political secretary. I was among the officers who were close to her.  

She was a good soul, full of care and compassion. She always advised me to take good care of my wife and children. 

On behalf of Kedahans, I express my condolences to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his family. 

Faridah Stephens, former Batik Guild director

Datin Seri Endon championed Malaysian Arts, crafts and heritage and was especially keen to reach out to the youths as she believed that if they knew their roots, it would help them make their way forward in a richer and steadier manner.  

She had a deep appreciation of the creativity, skill and sweat that goes into our arts and crafts, and wanted to ensure we would cherish them. 

She was also very aware that some rural poor rely on these skills - such as batik-making - to earn a living and felt she could make a positive difference by highlighting them. 

I believe she has achieved that goal with the 'Malaysia Batik - Crafted For the World' movement, which was her brainchild. She will be dreadfully missed.  

Jawi State assemblyman Tan Cheng Liang

It is a well-known fact that Abdullah loved Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood very much. 

I hope the public will pray for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have the strength and peace of mind to run the country. 

Seberang Jaya assemblyman Arif Shah Omar Shah

Endon gave a lot of moral support to Abdullah. 

Bagan Jermal assemblyman Ooi Chuan Aik 

Her death is particularly a loss to women in the country. 

Bukit Tengah assemblyman Ng Siew Lai

She was a strong advocate of family values. 

Machang Bubok assemblyman

Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon said Endon was a very dedicated wife and mother. 

Berapit State assemblyman Lau Chiek Tuan

We are shocked with her death. In fact, all the executive councillors have signed and sent her a get well card. 

Prai assemblyman Datuk Dr K. Rajapathy

The people should pray for Abdullah to have the courage to continue his work. 

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