Sad day: Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Zara Salim were among a host of people who gathered at Padang Speedy to pay their last respects to Muhammad Firdaus. — Bernama
TELUK INTAN: Malaysia Airlines First Officer Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Rahim had just started a family and was looking forward to becoming a father.
But the dreams of the 27-year-old officer would not be realised as he was among the victims of the MH17 tragedy.
His wife Nur Zarith Zaaba, also 27, a nurse at University Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital, is more than seven weeks pregnant.
The officer’s cousin, Muhammad Mizan Mohamed Mahidin, 32, said the high school sweethearts tied the knot in April last year.
He said Nur Zarith had suffered a miscarriage before this.
“There are six of us in the family who are pilots, including our ex-pilot uncle, who had inspired us cousins to take up the career,” he said at Padang Speedy while waiting for the helicopter to bring home his cousin’s remains from the KL International Airport yesterday.
Sultan of Perak Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah, his consort Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Zara Salim, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and several state executive councillors were present to pay their last respects.
Muhammad Firdaus’ remains were taken to the Al-Naim mosque in Taman Seri Setia here before being buried at the Hilir Perak District Muslim cemetery.
The grief-stricken widow held a white flower at the cemetery, with a band around it that read “In Memory of MH17 and MH370”.
Muhammad Firdaus’ uncle Abdul Wahab Ibrahim, 60, a former pilot with MAS, said after his nephew’s father passed away when he was 12, he was the one who brought him up.
Abdul Wahab said he was the first to become a pilot in the family, and had encouraged his other nephews to follow suit.