The Jakarta Post
President Soeharto-era women’s empowerment minister Tutty Alawiyah passed away on Wednesday morning at Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) Hospital in Kuningan, Jakarta. She was 74 years old.
Tutty had been hospitalized for two weeks, while the cause of her death has not been disclosed. Born on March 30, 1942, Tutty, known as a religious person, was minister from March 1998 until May 1998 under Soeharto and continued on under BJ Habibie until 1999.
A graduate of the Islamic State University (formerly the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic Institute), she became the rector of Assyafiiyah Islamic University in Pondok Gede, Bekasi, West Java, a post she held until her passing.
"Our beloved mother Tutty Alawiyah passed away this morning. Please forgive her mistakes. We ask that you pray for her to blessed and forgiven by Allah," Tutty's youngest daughter, Syifa Fauzia, said.
Tutty’s husband, Achmad Chalib, passed away in 2012. She is survived by her five children and 13 grandchildren. (dan)