Former Bank Negara asst governor dies of cancer

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Assistant Governor of Bank Negara Datuk Latifah Merican Cheong, 67, died of breast cancer last night.

Latifah breathed her last at Subang Jaya Medical Center at about 10.15pm, surrounded by family members, said a relative who declined to be named.

She was admitted to the medical centre on Monday after complaining of fatigue and pain.

He said her remains were taken to Al-Mujahideen Mosque, Damansara Utama, and buried at the Section 9 Kota Damansara Islamic cemetery at 11am today.

Latifah from Air Itam, Penang, became the assistant governor of Bank Negara in 1998.

She also served as an adviser to the Securities Commission chairman and was deputy president of the Malaysian Economic Association (MEA) at the time of her death.

She leaves behind her husband Adam Cheong and three sons. — Bernama