GEORGE TOWN: Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president SM Mohamed Idris has been laid to rest at the Jalan Perak Muslim Cemetery here at 10.30am today.
The remains of Mohamed Idris, 92, were taken to Masjid Jamek Hashim Yahya for funeral prayers at 9.30am.
About 500 people including dignitaries, ministers, deputy ministers and representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also paid their last respects to the late Mohamed Idris.
Among those present were Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar and state Domestic and International Trade and Industry, Entrepreneur Development and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain.
Mohamed Idris’ son, Mohamed Ali, 62, expressed his gratitude to all parties present to pay their last respects and assisted in his father’s funeral.
Mohamed Ali said his father was not ill and fasting as usual as well as carried out his day-to-day activities such as gardening.
“He was in good health, it was just early yesterday morning when he was feeling a bit tired so we took him to the Gleneagles Medical Centre, here, and he passed away at 5pm due to old age. We accept his death as fate,” he said.
Mohamed Idris is survived by a son, three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Born on Dec 6, 1926, Mohamed Idris founded CAP in 1969 and was also chairman of Sahabat Alam Malaysia.
He was also a member of the George Town Municipal Council (now known as Pulau Pinang City Council) for several years from 1954.
Mohamed Idris received the Tun Abdul Razak Award on June 22, 2014 for his contributions to the community and conservation of the environment. – Bernama