Got myself a copy of it last year from MPH bookstore and I’m so glad I did!
This is a transcribed interview that the author had with Tun Dr Siti Hasmah so you can expect the language to be easy and simple. It started with Tun’s family background and how she was as a student. She kept saying that she was an average student at school and uni, Tun M was there to guide her studies, you know it’s medic school so everything is fast and the books are very text heavy.
She was a doctor by contract with the government so she doesn’t get pension, unlike some of her then-colleagues. Also, she was placed in the ibu dan kanak-kanak department so she had to do visits to the villages, got to know them, make friends with them, check on their health and the like.
It was interesting to know that even back then, these doctors have been trying to educate the people about the needs of family planning, considering the villagers’ state of living, and how they had to reaallllyyyy make the makcik-makcik feel comfortable in order to start the discussion. Not just that, these healthcare people have also put a lot of effort to care for the villagers, knowing that hygiene was a huge issue because they don’t have proper sewage system (people simply pooped at the river on others on the other side of the river scoop that water for cooking, cleaning etc. yikes!)
As a doctor, Tun Siti Hasmah loved her job so much.
This book also depicts the life of Tun Siti Hasmah as Malaysia’s 4th First Lady and how she was there behind her husband through thick and thin. She was there supporting women’s and welfare activities. I personally adore her spirit in reaching out to the unfortunates while lending her husband to this nation.
She doesn’t interfere with Tun M’s work but as a wife, Tun Siti Hasmah stands firm behind her husband.
And she did mention about her role as a mother to 7 kids and it’s definitely worth reading to know that she always reminds them about reciting Qur’an every now and then. That surely is a reminder to myself too Tun. I should be grateful to have time to recite Qur’an even with my girls trying jump on my back and tear the pages because that’s one way to expose my kids to such routine.
As a mother, she expresses her love to her children through various ways apart from literally saying she loves them and reads to them each night before going to bed.
Alhamdulillah for this refreshing reading and thank you for leading by example Tun, I pray that Allah shower His blessings on you and your family. I personally learn to understand the needs of reading about the top figures so we could get a glimpse of how they live their life and be successful in their own ways. This book is only 180 pages thick guys. Go and grab yourself a copy!