It is with immense grief that we learn of the passing of the dearest Mother Mangalam, a woman whose compassion knew no bounds or limits. Predominantly known and addressed as Mother Mangalam, she was a woman who selflessly spent 72 years of her life in service of the poor as the Life-President of the Pure Life Society. Her name is an emblem for the humanitarian work she has contributed to Malaysia.
The matriarch passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 3:52 p.m. She contracted pneumonia shortly after her 97th birthday on May 20, 2023. She had been receiving medical treatment at Assunta Hospital, but after some complications, she peacefully breathed her last breath. She was a woman who lived a modest and selfless life devoted to the care of orphaned and homeless children. She was a mother to many who were motherless.
YBhg Datin Paduka (Dr.) Mother Mangalam has many accolades to her name; one of them is the coveted Merdeka Award 2010, received for ‘her outstanding contribution in promoting the welfare of the underprivileged and for fostering national unity.’ Mother Mangalam also received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Taylor’s University in 2018. She is not only a compassionate and hardworking woman but also an intellectual who has made many speeches and written many texts on society, religion, and culture. Her immense amount of charitable work has left a wealth of knowledge behind for the next generation of social workers, who will no doubt follow her guiding light.
Mother Mangalam held important positions outside of the Pure Life Society as well. She was the vice president of the Malaysia Inter-Religious Organisation and a member of the National Advisory Council on the Integration of Women in Development. She was a woman who had lived a life committed to the upliftment of others. Whether it was religion, culture, or ethnicity, Mother Mangalaam did not let a difference in identities hinder her compassion. She was dedicated to the fostering of unity among various peoples. She preached only kindness, fraternity, and love for all. Under her guidance, nearly 2000 children have walked out of the Pure Life Foundation as capable, educated adults.
An exceptional woman who has lived an exemplary life. We should all remember her great deeds for society and make sure history never forgets this icon’s name. Rest in peace, Mother Mangalam.
Rest in Love Mother Mangalam!