Bugaya's Manis Muka was determined to be sworn in, says daughter

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  • Wednesday, 18 Nov 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Bugaya assemblywoman Manis Muka Mohd Darah was determined to recover from her illness and be sworn in as a Sabah assemblyman, says her daughter Fara Deeba Sabardin.

Fara said that the 65-year-old Manis had been sickly for a while and had not been sworn in after she won in the 16th Sabah elections.

"We gave her support and encouragement, hoping she would pull through. We told her that she must get well for herself, her family and the people of Bugaya who were waiting for her to be sworn in as their assemblyman," she said when met at her house in Semporna after Manis' burial early Wednesday (Nov 18).

Fara said her mother's health did not improve and her condition worsened three days before her death on Nov 17.

"We later found out that her kidneys were no longer functioning and could not process her medicines anymore," she said.

She said her mother also had had a brain tumour but never showed weakness or pain, even refusing to use a wheelchair to move around.

Fara said doctors placed her mother on a ventilator on Tuesday (Nov 17) and told family members to be by her side before taking her off life support at the Gleneagles Hospital here.

Manis' body arrived at the Kg Bugaya Muslim cemetary in Semporna at about 4.45am Wednesday (Nov 18) after a 10-hour road journey from Kota Kinabalu.

"We accept what has happened and will pray for her," said Fara.

Manis leaves behind her husband, Datuk Sabardin Omrah, 76, and 13 children from the ages of 26 to 49.

In the 16th state elections, Manis retained her seat after garnering 8,557 votes to win by a 6,005 majority against six opponents from Perikatan Nasional, Parti Cinta Sabah, Parti Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Bersatu Sabah, Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah and two independents.

The former Semporna Wanita Umno chief had been involved in politics since 1985.

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