LONDON: The Malaysian Malay community in London is in shock over news of the passing of one of its oldest members, Husin Long, 75, who died at the Royal Free Hospital at 5pm on March 22 after contracting Covid-19.
Husin's death was confirmed by his son Mohammad Ali, 28.
Mohammad Ali told the New Straits Times that his father was tested and confirmed positive just before he died.
“When he was admitted two days ago with breathing difficulties, they were not too sure because he had several health issues. His lungs had collapsed. They suspected it but were not sure."
His wife Zauyah Embi, 66, said she was the one who was initially feverish but she took some painkillers and recovered.
“A few days later, Husin became ill and I told him to drink a lot of water. Then he became pale and had difficulties breathing. I asked Ali to call the ambulance and he was taken to the hospital. I wanted to visit him the next day but was told not to because of risks of infection,” said Zauyah, who is better known as Joyah to the Malay community in London.
Husin, who is from Melaka, worked at the British Naval Base in Singapore before migrating to London.
When the British withdrew from Singapore, workers were given a choice to come to the UK and be naturalised.
Husin, with seven other friends came to London in 1970 and first found a job at Ford Motor factory in Dagenham, and later at The Dorchester Hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, as a boiler man and retired in 2005.
It is understood that he then worked as a mini cab driver.
Husin and Zauyah, who also worked at The Dorchester Hotel as a chef, were members of the Kelab Melayu London, which was set up in the early 60’s for seafarers, students and travellers. He was said to have been poorly with diabetes and high blood pressure. According to the Melayu London Facebook page, he had been in poor health for the past 10 years.
Husin will be buried today at 2pm (UK time) at the Garden of Peace. Only ten people are allowed to be at the burial ground where many of Husin’s friends and members of the Malay Club were buried.
Husin is survived by his wife, four children and several grandchildren.