Veteran journalist Bahyah Mahmood dies of liver cancer

 |Jun 20, 2017
Bahyah Mahmood. – File pic credit YouTube mustafar a.r.

Veteran entertainment journalist Bahyah Mahmood, 75, or popularly known as Bam, died from liver cancer at the National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya today.

Her daughter, Fadhila Ahmad, 47, said Bahyah breathed her last at about 5.30am at the cancer institute where her (Fadhila) father, Ahmad Idris, also a journalist, died in February last year.

“My mother was diagnosed with liver cancer three months ago and since the past two months had lost her appetite.

“She was admitted at the National Cancer Institute last week,” said Fadhila when met at her house in Taman Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, today.

She described Bahyah as a caring mother and hard working.

Fadhila, the second of three siblings, said her mother’s remains would be taken to the Al-Ansar Mosque for prayer and then buried at the Taman Keramat Muslim cemetery after the Zohor prayer.

Bahyah began writing actively while in Singapore in 1965 before moving to Kuala Lumpur in 1967.

She was known for her entertainment column in Mingguan Malaysia’s Pancaindera in the 1980s and was URTV editor before retiring in 1996.

She was also a board member of the National Film Development Board (Finas) from 1991 to 1993 and one of the founders of the Malaysian Film Festival organised by the Entertainment Journalist Association (EJA) in 1980.

She leaves behind three daughters and five grandchildren. – Bernama