Tuesday, August 21, 2007

“I call someone else’s name but a different person appears”

Endon’s work will go on

KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Budi Penyayang will get all the support it needs to carry on with its good work, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The Prime Minister said the foundation, a brainchild of his late wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, “is here to stay.”

He said the filial work of his children, Nori and Datuk Kamaluddin, in continuing their mother’s charitable activities would bring more of God’s blessings to the late Endon.

Nori is Penyayang chairman while Kamaluddin is a member of the board of trustees.

“They can continue the good work that she carried out when she was alive, which was doing charity and helping the poor, less fortunate and the ill,” Abdullah said when opening Wisma Penyayang in Seri Kembangan near here in conjunction with Yayasan Budi Penyayang Founder’s Day.

Proud father: Abdullah kissing his daughter Nori after presenting a memento at the official launch of Wisma Penyayang. With them is Yayasan Budi Penyayang chief executive Leela Mohd Ali.
The prime minister talked about the chain effect of good work, saying that sacrifices made by forefathers, if emulated by the present generation, would bring much benefit to the nation.

In his speech, he admitted to still calling out his late wife’s name in moments of haste.

“People know I married again. Jeanne loved Kak Endon. There have been occasions when pressed for time, I called out Don but she (Jeanne) answered.

“I call someone else’s name but a different person appears,” he said, referring to Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, whom he married in June. She was also present.

Abdullah said that due to the special bond that his present wife shared with Endon, Jeanne did not mind at all when this happened.

In her speech, Nori said her late mother drove the foundation forward in its welfare work besides ensuring that talented youngsters were given an opportunity to succeed.

Abdullah later presented 11 Astro Scholarship Awards. Two recipients, Mohamed Hazeman Huzir and Stephanie Lee Su Ling, were presented the Datin Seri Endon Mahmood Award.