PETALING JAYA: Permatang Pauh member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar described her late grandfather, Datuk Dr Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, as a person who was filled with joy and love.
She said he was a dedicated psy-war expert and had served under several prime ministers as a civil servant.
“He was fluent in Japanese, Hindi, English, Bahasa Malaysia and even Javanese.
“He was full of joy, always tickling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s funny bones during the precious moments we had with him.”
Wan Ismail, 93, died at 2.30am yesterday of old age at his residence in Ampang.
His body was taken to Masjid Al-Mustaqim in Taman Nirwana, Ampang for funeral rites.
He was laid to rest at the Ukay Perdana Muslim cemetery at 11.15am.
Present at the mosque were his daughter, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Nurul Izzah and her sister Nurul Ilham were also present.
Wan Ismail is survived by his wife, Datin Mariah Khamis, 85, four daughters and a son.
Wan Ismail had served in the Information Department from 1970 to 1982 and was seconded to the National Security Council as director of strategic communications from 1983 to 1993.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub paid their respects to Wan Ismail.
Others included Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
“His favourite physiotherapy sessions were the ones accompanied by Bollywood tunes, in the company of his children and grandchildren.
“We will all miss you, wan,” Nurul Izzah said.