Oldest woman in Negri Sembilan dies

SEREMBAN: 102-year-old Lijah Ismail, believed to be the oldest woman in Negri Sembilan, passed away at her residence in Taman Kelab Tuanku Mambau here last night.

Her son, Datuk Mohammed Najeeb Abdullah, said that his mother passed away at approximately 8pm from old age.

He added that he was supposed to take her for a doctor's appointment at KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital this morning, but she passed away at 8pm.

"My mother did not have any chronic illnesses during her lifetime, and she appeared to be in good health, though she couldn't walk without the aid of a wheelchair.

"This morning, I was supposed to take her to the hospital for a doctor's appointment, but Allah SWT took her before that.

"Allahyarhamah leaves behind two children, myself and Datuk Nordin, as three other daughters had previously passed away," he said when contacted today.

Mohammed Najeeb, who is also a former member of the Negri Sembilan Islamic Religious Council (MAINS), said that his mother's remains were safely laid to rest at the Kampung Kayu Ara Islamic Cemetery in Mambau at around 12.30pm today.

"Besides close neighbors, relatives, and village residents, the Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is also the Rantau State Assemblyman and Member of Parliament for Rembau, was among those who paid their final respects to Allahyarhamah," he said.

For the record, Lijah once appeared as the oldest voter in the Rantau State Constituency By-election on April 3, 2019.

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