KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy minister of Transport Rahmah Osman died of old age at the KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital here, Tuesdaynight. She was 76.
Her eldest daughter Rahatulkhairani Mustapha said her mother died at 10.15 pm and her remains would be buried at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Cemetary at 10am tomorrow after the funeral prayers at the Al-Taqwa Mosque.
Rahmah, who would have celebrated her 77th birthday on June 12, leaves behind two daughters.
Rahmah, who once worked as a Liaison Officer in the Newspaper Division of the Information Department, was active in UMNO since the 1950s and was appointed a senator in 1979.
She contested the Selayang Parliamentary seat at the 1982 general election and beat DAP candidate Lee Yee Lian with a 30,909 majority. Four years later, she contested the Shah Alam Parliamentary seat and beat PAS candidate Mustafar Abdul Kadir with a 24,835 majority.
A former Malaysian Women’s Journalist Association (PERTAMA) President (1) from 1978 to 1982, she was appointed as deputy Information Minister in 1982 and two years later, in July 1984, as deputy Transport Minister.
In 1988, Rahmah, also a former president of the Malaysian Women’s Hockey Association, declared herself as an independent following a crisis in UMNO and joined Party Semangat 46.
However, she failed to defend the Shah Alam Parliamentary seat in the 1990 general election, and returned to UMNO in 1994.