KUALA LUMPUR: Former Minister of National Unity and Community Development Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail has died. She was 84.
Zaleha died at about 8.15 pm today at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur due to several health complications, said her brother-in-law Abdul Aziz Shahrin, 60, when contacted by Bernama.
He said Zaleha was at home when she had breathing difficulty at 6pm. She was then taken to a hospital for treatment.
“Her remains will be brought to the Salahuddin Al-Ayubbi Mosque in Taman Melati here, at 9am tomorrow for prayers, before being laid to rest at Taman Ibukota Muslim Cemetery,” he said.
Zaleha was Deputy Transport Minister before she served as National Unity and Community Development Minister from 1995 to 1999.
She was also Wanita UMNO deputy chief from 1976 to 1980 and Kuala Lumpur Wanita UMNO head from 1977 until 1978.
Zaleha who was married to the late Abd Rahman Ali is survived by three sons Datuk Dr Zurin Adnan, Zurin Azlan and Zurin Azrai. -Bernama