Hundreds pay last respects to Naza Group chairman Nasimuddin

( The Star ) KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of people attended the burial service of Naza Group of Companies chairman Tan Sri S.M. Nasimuddin S.M. Amin in Hulu Langat, Selangor, yesterday.

Earlier, Nasimuddin’s remains was flown from Los Angeles on a Malaysia Airlines flight, which arrived at the KL International Airport at 12.20pm.

Final journey: Nasimuddin’s body being brought to the Federal Territory Mosque yesterday.

His body was taken to the Federal Territory Mosque in Jalan Duta and placed in the multi-purpose hall inside the mosque at about 1.45pm.

Nasimuddin, who died on Thursday, had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer at a private hospital in the United States since January. He was 53.

His widow, Puan Sri Zaleha Ismail, who has also been seeking treatment for cancer there since January, accompanied her husband’s coffin into the mosque.

Scores of people, including locals and foreigners, and leaders of the Malaysian business community and associates of the Naza Group, arrived at the mosque from 11am to pay their last respects to Nasimuddin.

By noon, the mosque’s parking area and the main road outside were packed with cars, with people alighting to walk into the mosque.

Burial ritual: Zaleha pouring ‘air mawar’ on her husband’s grave at the Batu 9 Muslim cemetery yesterday.

Those who came to the mosque included Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Yang Dipertua Negri of Malacca Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Perak Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abd Jalil and Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.

Students from the Madrasah Sheikh Mohamad Salahuddin Al-Amin from Hulu Langat and Madrasah Al-Rahmaniah from Bukit Beruntung, all draped in white robes, sat near the body and recited the Surah Yassin.

At about 2.30pm, the body was taken upstairs where a special prayer and last rites were held.

Nasimuddin was later buried at the Batu 9 Muslim cemetery in Kampung Melaka in Hulu Langat at 3.45pm, near the grave of his mother Salbiah Majid.

The Naza Group is involved in various businesses including motor trading, motorcycles, manufacturing, transport services, engineering, plantation, water craft, property, hotel operations and insurance.

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