JERTIH, Malaysia - Centenarian Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, reportedly Malaysia's oldest man, died at his house in Kampung Denger, Bukit Puteri, here, on Sunday. He was 117.
His eighth wife, Saadiah Hamat, 71, and son Mohamad Deraman, 56, were by his side when Abdul Rahman, who was also known to many as Pak Man, died.
One of Pak Man's daughters, Arina Abdul Rahman, 46, said her father started losing appetite about two months ago.
"He was fit up till the middle of Ramadan, when he was unable to fast," she said.
Before his death, Pak Man, who had been married eight times, earned national attention after being highlighted by the media recently.
According to his relatives, Pak Man maintained a healthy lifestyle by eating fresh food and vegetables while refraining from unhealthy habits like smoking, which lead to his long life.
He was buried at Tanah Perkuburan Kampung Denger yesterday afternoon.
The state Health Department had accorded him the Senior Citizen's Icon during the state-level World Health Day celebrations held recently.
From his eight marriages, Pak Man had five children, 25 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Pak Man, who had worked as a caretaker, also avoided unhealthy food that contained excessive amounts of sugar or salt, or those deemed too oily and high in cholesterol.
"By practising good dietary habits, Pak Man, who also steered clear of icy drinks, did not face any major health problems such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, heart complications, and never used a cane to walk or glasses to improve his vision until the day he died," Arina said.