A Husband's Grief

For a few days last week, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi set aside his responsibilities as the nation's leader and took up another, more difficult role: that of a grieving husband. Abdullah's wife of four decades, Endon Mahmood, died on Oct. 20 at age 64 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. In a relatively conservative country with a Muslim majority, the couple were known for their public displays of affection, often hugging or bestowing pecks on each other's cheeks. During the funeral, Abdullah, 65, did his best to appear stoic. Wearing a traditional black songkok hat, a high-collared blue...

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