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Long-serving journalist passes away
Published on: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Long-serving Sabah journalist Irene Obon, whose 66th birthday falls on March 7, passed away on Feb 21 at her brother's residence here.

Irene, who had been contributing to magazines and was also a feature writer with the New Sabah Times for more than 20 years, had been receiving treatment for cancer since May last year.

Fascinated by Sabah's Bajau horsemen, she had also written a book entitled "Sama Horsemen".

"She had been writing all her life," said a family member when contacted.

In her journalistic career, Irene, the eldest of eight siblings — five boys and three girls — had travelled to many countries on media trips, including the United Kingdom, Norway, Japan, Singapore and Macau.

Former State Education Director, Datuk Kamal Quadra, a second cousin of Irene, said the latter had been passionate about organising the annual Dominic Clan Reunion.

"I last met her at the reunion on December 31, 2017. She was merrily chatting away.

I never realised it would be soon. She was very jolly, you would not think she was suffering.

I knew she was undergoing chemotherapy but I didn't know it was that bad," he said.

A funeral service will be held on Feb 26 (Monday) at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 10am.

Irene will be laid to rest at the Inobong Catholic Cemetery. Her body is currently at KK Tionghua Funeral Parlour. - Mary Chin

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