KUALA LIPIS: Unlike the district of Pekan, Lipis is seldom linked to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak although it is his birthplace.
For the locals in Lipis, Najib is dear to them for he shares their birthplace. Najib was born on July 23, 1953, at the official residence of the Pahang State Secretary in Bukit Bius, which was then occupied by his father, the
late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, and mother, Tun Rahah Mohd Noah.
Najib stayed at the two-storey concrete and wooden house, which was built in 1920, for two years before the Pahang capital was moved to Kuantan in 1955.
Although Najib stayed in Lipis for only two years, it meant a lot for the local residents, especially Puteh Hassan, 91, the midwife who had cared for him after his birth.
Puteh’s eldest daughter, Fatimah Hassan, 68, said her mother, who was then with the Kuala Lipis Hospital, went daily for about a month to Tun Razak’s residence to care for Najib.
“My mother was asked to replace another midwife for the job. At that time, there were not many Malay midwives,” she said when met by Bernama at her house here.
Fatimah claimed that her mother also took care of the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang, Tengku Ampuan Afzan, during her confinement after giving birth to Tengku Shahariah at Istana Hinggap Lipis, which was located beside the residence where Najib was born.
“In those days, the wives of dignitaries do not go to hospitals to give birth. The midwives are called to the house.
According to my mother, the midwife who brought Najib into the world was a senior midwife who was assisted by another midwife known as Timah, but both of them have died,” she said.
Fatimah said that when Najib was appointed Pahang Menteri Besar in 1982, her mother felt so proud because she had taken care of him.
She said her mother’s health began to deteriorate six years ago and she was now wheel-chair bound.
Another resident, A. Rahim Mat Yunus, 88, said Najib had the qualities of his father.
They are approachable, courteous, mix well with the people, have respect for elders and care for the people, he said.