Wanita Umno veteran Napsiah dies at 74

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SEREMBAN — Wanita Umno permanent chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar died at 6.10pm yesterday of liver cancer.

This was announced by her closest relative Datuk Yahya Hamid, who said she died at the residence of her son in Ampang Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur.

“Napsiah would be laid to rest before the Zohor prayers today at the Jalan Melang Muslim Cemetery, Kuala Pilah,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Napsiah, who was 74, is survived by a son and three daughters.

She was appointed as deputy housing and local government minister in 1982, public enterprises minister in 1987 and national unity and social development minister in 1990. She was a member of the Negri Sembilan executive council (1995-1999).

Napsiah joined the Kuala Pilah Umno branch in 1972 and became Kuala Pilah MP for three terms from 1982.

She later became the assemblyman for Pilah for one term after defeating Ruslan Kassim of PKR with a majority of 2,818 in the 10th general election in 1999.