Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali
IT was in January 1976 that Datin Suhailah Hussein (nee Mohammad Noah) and some of her close friends, who came to her residence at No. 3, Jalan Tunku, in Kuala Lumpur, heard the official announcement by then deputy prime minister Datuk Hussein Onn (later Tun Hussein), on the demise of prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein in London. We wept with her; for Tun Razak was highly respected and loved for his implementation of rural development programmes. Tun Razak was also Datin Suhailah’s brother-in-law, as he had married her younger sister, Rahah. It seemed destined that these two sisters from a respected Johorean family would marry politicians who eventually became prime ministers of Malaysia.