KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s father, Datuk Dr Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, who died of old age, was laid to rest at the Ukay Perdana Muslim Cemetery in Ampang.
Wan Ismail died at the age of 93 at his home in Taman Ampang Utama at 2.30am yesterday.
His remains were earlier taken to the Al-Mustakim Mosque in Ampang for the funeral prayer.
Wan Ismail had served in the Information Department from 1970 to 1982 and was seconded to the National Security Council as strategic communications director (1983-1993).
He is survived by his wife Datin Mariah Khamis, 85, four daughters, including Dr Wan Azizah, and a son.
More than 500 people were at the graveyard yesterday morning to pay their last respects, including Dr Wan Aziah’s husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and family, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Federal Territories mufti Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri and Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.
Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah described the passing of her father as a huge loss as he had contributed a lot to the country since the days of first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.
“All the stories he shared during his service in the government were a lesson for us and I hope his legacy will live on, ” she said.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, who also attended the funeral, said Wan Ismail’s sacrifices for the country during the communist era would not be forgotten.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, when approached by the media, also expressed his condolences to the family.
“I am certain his family is very proud of the services he had given and I hope that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and her family will stay strong, ” he said.
Also present to pay their last respects were Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Deputy Defence Minister Liew Ching Tong. — Bernama