Singer Siti Sarah laid to rest

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The remains of singer Siti Sarah Raissuddin were laid to rest at 1.45pm, at the Kg Sg Pusu Muslim Cemetery, Gombak today.

Earlier, the final rites, including tayammum (dry purification) and shrouding of the body conducted by hospital staff was assisted by her husband Shahmira Muhammad, better known as Shuib Sepahtu.

The funeral prayer was performed at the Chancellor Tuanku Muhriz Hospital, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Cheras, at about 11am.

The 37-year-old singer died at the hospital at 5.13am this morning and news of her death was shared by her husband on Instagram.

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She was buried next to her mother as per the late singer’s wishes.

The atmosphere at the entrance of the burial grounds was quiet and sombre as the hearse carrying the remains of Siti Sarah arrived at about 12.30pm.

Present to pay their last respects some distance away were family members, acquaintances and fans who had waited there since early morning.

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The burial process was conducted by Shuib who was seen wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) with other personnel, including Siti Sarah’s youngest brother, Ahmad Yazeed Raissuddin.

Siti Sarah, along with her husband and children, had tested positive for Covid-19 since July 25 after undergoing screening when their maid was confirmed positive.

She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday evening after having severe cough and experiencing low oxygen levels due to the infection.

Siti Sarah, whose hit songs include Kesetiaan and Ke Hujung Dunia, underwent surgery last Friday to deliver her fourth child, Ayash Affan, after her health deteriorated.

The celebrity couple, who married in 2011, have three other children – Uwais Alqarni, 10; Dzahira Talita Zahra, eight; and Ariq Martin, six.

Siti Sarah became popular after participating in Bintang RTM 2001 programme and went on to win Best New Artiste, Best Pop Album and Best Album at the Music Industry Award 2003.

Shuib said that he last spoke to his wife on Sunday.

He said he and his children could see tears rolling down Siti Sarah’s cheeks during the video call.

“With the assistance of nurses and doctors, I made the video call. That was the last time my children and I saw her alive.

“At that time, I saw tears rolling down her cheeks as if understanding what we spoke to her about.”

Shuib said he tried visiting Siti Sarah later at night but was barred from seeing her.

Accepting his wife’s passing, Shuib said it would be a challenge now to inform their three children of their mother’s death, adding that he would look after their children well.