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They came by the thousands: A huge crowd gathering near the Al-Hidayah mosque in Assam Kumbang after the remains of chief stewardess Azrina Yakob were brought to the Tekah airport in Taiping in a special helicopter. The casket was carried by 9th Batallion Royal Malay Regiment members. – Bernama
TAIPING: A huge burden has been lifted from the shoulders of the family of Malaysia Airlines flight stewardess Azrina Yakob with the return and burial of her remains.
Her father Yakob Silam Sudin, from Alor Setar, said the family was still grieving over the loss but felt that a weight had been lifted off their shoulders.
“We have been anxiously and patiently waiting for this day since the aeroplane was reported to have gone down.
“It is God’s will that it has to be like this. We will accept it,” he told reporters after the burial ceremony at the Al-Hidayah Mosque in Assam Kumbang here yesterday.
Yakob, 73, said Azrina, the second of four children, was married to Mohd Rafliz Mohd Tahir, 43.
Azrina is survived by her husband and their two children, Arissa Raisya, three, and Aqil Rais, six.
Azrina’s mother Habibah Ismail, 65, said the family would have a tahlil (feast prayers) ceremony before returning to Alor Setar.
“We want to thank everyone for showing their care. We also want to thank the Government for helping to bring back Azrina’s remains to us,” she said.
Mohd Rafliz said his priority now was his children, adding that life had to go on.
“My concern is raising my two children without their mother’s love”.
“I’m thinking whether to take care of them myself or to leave them under the care of my mother,” he said.
Before the ceremony, thousands of people had gathered at the Tekah army air strip to witness the landing of a helicopter carrying Azrina’s body at about 12.30pm.
The Raja Muda of Perak Raja Jaafar Musa was also present at the air strip along with several Barisan Nasional assemblymen to accompany the remains to the mosque.
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