JOHOR BARU, 2 Oct 2008: Exemplary teacher, historian and cultural figure Dr Shaharom Husain died today at the home of his eldest son Dr Mohammed Hatta in Gombak, Selangor.
He was 88.
When contacted, Dr Mohammed Hatta, 56, said his father died in his sleep at 7.45am after performing the subuh prayers.
His remains had been brought here, to be buried next to his wife, Aminah Abdul Rashid, at the Mahmoodiah Muslim Cemetery after the Asar prayers.
He leaves behind four sons — Dr Mohammed Hatta, who is senior vice-president and medical faculty dean of the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Dr Mustapha Kamal, 55, Mohammad Iqbal, 50, and Mustapha Kamil, 49 — as well as 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dr Shaharom, who was born on 4 Nov 1919 in Kampung Peserai, Mukim Tiga in Batu Pahat, Johor, had written a number of history books on Johor.
He was awarded the Tokoh Guru (exemplary teacher) at the Johor and national levels as well as various other awards for his contribution towards the country’s cultural development.
He had also produced numerous literary works including stage play, novel, memoir, poem, short story and research paper.
He made it to the Dictionary of International Biography, which contains information of 2,000 individuals who achieved success in the field of writing and education. — Bernama