PETALING JAYA: Datuk Samuri Juraimi, the founder of the popular Sate Kajang Hj Samuri, passed away Saturday. He was 73.
His son said Samuri passed away at his home in Kajang at about 12.05am.
Bernama reported that Samuri died of stage four liver cancer which was detected since early this year.
His third child, Nor Ilyana, 37, said the cancer was detected after her father had gone for a health examination following complaints of abdominal pains.
“My late father had successfully undergone a heart bypass, but earlier this year he had gone for a follow-up examination and it was then that we knew had was suffering from liver cancer.
“He had just been discharged from hospital five days ago to rest at home but at midnight last night, he breathed his last,” she said.
The funeral prayers for Samuri was held at Masjid Al-Falah Sungai Ramal Dalam at about 8 this morning and he was laid to rest at Sungai Ramal Dalam Muslim Cemetery at 9am Saturday.
He is survived by his wife, Datin Jani Mohamad Amir and five children - Norsham, Sofian, Nor Ilyana, Shafeq and Nurul Aqilah.
Samuri began his satay business in 1992 when he opened a stall in Kajang which has since flourished into multiple premises.
Sate Kajang Hj Samuri is now well-known with 19 shops in major towns and strategic highway rest stops across Selangor.
Samuri was a Form One student when he first learned all about making satay from an immigrant from West Java.
Samuri continued to help him prepare and sell satay for several years until he had a full-time job. He eventually resigned from his government post to be involved in the satay business, but it was not until 1992 that he started on his own.
In 2014, Samuri was the recipient of The Star People’s Food Awards for the best satay in the Klang Valley.