From: P Ramakrishnan <>
Date: 28 April 2015 20:25:27 AEST
Subject: R.I.P. YAHAYA BIN HAJI ABBAS KIRKBY 1958-1959  – 28-4-205
Reply-To: P Ramakrishnan <>



 – 28-4-205

My dear Kirkbyites,

Can you imagine how depressing it could be to report yet another death just two days after the earlier announcement of Michael Shum’s demise on 26-4-2015.

We lost yet another Kirkbyite this morning in the continuing, inevitable, diminishing community of Kirkbyites. Yahaya passed away in the early hours in his sleep. It is really sad!

Yahaya Abbas was my Senior in Kirkby and hailed from the same Block 8.

His funeral took place after the mid-day prayer. Both the mosque and burial plot are near his house.

On his return from Kirkby he was posted to Kuala Trengganu. That’s where I first met him when I was posted to Kuala Trengganu 1964 after completing my STTI course. I was his neighbour sharing a teacher’s quarters along Jalan Batas Baru.

He had a red sports car then – I think it was a MG.


Our paths did not cross until 2010 when the Penang Kirkby Reunion was organised. He, his wife and children attended the Reunion.

He very kindly arranged for transport for Kirkbyites attending this Reunion. He hired two buses which picked up participants from Amcorp Mall, PJ.

I remember him calling me as soon as the buses were on the Penang Bridge, ever so often, to get directions to the venue of our Reunion – Paradise Resort, Tanjong Bungah.

I met him again in Port Dickson in 2012 when he came with his wife.

Then finally I met him last year when he attended the 2014 Penang Kirkby Reunion with his wife, son and daughter-in-law. He was a little run down but told me he was alright.

When I called him up for the Penang Reunion last year  he was having all the signs of prostate problems but did not bother to consult a doctor. I put the fear of what it could turn out to be, only then he resorted to medication!

He was very accommodating in Penang. When there was the problem of rooms at Four Points By Sheraton, he readily agreed to stay at the Flamingo Hotel.


He was also generous in donating RM120 towards the Reunion.

Yahaya owned a durian plantation in Rawang and had invited me to his dusun. Unfortunately I could not make it because of Poh Yuk’s health condition. But some Kirkbyites did and had a good feast!

I used to be in touch with him once in a while. He was always in a jolly mood!

He leaves behind him his wife, Pn Badariyah bt Hj Othman and 5 children, two girls and 3 boys one of whom is working in Saudi Arabia to mourn his death.

You can contact his wife, Pn Badariyah or his son, Mahmud Faisal to convey your condolences.

Contact: 03-6091 3931/017-2264 868


Address:807-B Jalan Haji Buyung, Kampung Sungai Choh Simpang, 48000 Rawang, Selangor.

Yours in sorrow,