Govt officials visit family of Kpl Razkan who perished in helicopter crash

Helping hand: Zabidi handing over pension money to Setinurafeni (right) during his visit to the victim’s family at Kg Saradan, Tenghilan in Tuaran. – Photo by NORMIMIE DIUN

KOTA KINABALU: Two weeks into the death of her son in a helicopter crash, Sabarah Jili is still unable to cope with the loss and cries every time she thinks of him.

The 69-year-old mother of five was seen continuously wiping away tears as police and government officials arrived at her house in Kg Saradan in Tenghilan some 50km from the state capital to hand over pension money among others to the family.

Sabarah could not speak as she was too sad and chokes each time she was asked about her late son and former bodyguard, Kpl Razkan Seran, 31, one of the six people killed in a helicopter crash in Semenyih on April 4.

However, Sabarah managed to tell her relatives in the local Bajau language that she would appreciate it if the government including the Public Service Department would could help give at least one of her remaining children a job.

A relative who represented Sabarah said that now with Kpl Razkan, or fondly known as Jikah dead, they had no one to depend on anymore, as the others were odd job workers.

“She (Sabarah) said that it would be a great help to the family if someone can find a post in the civil service for her children,” said the relative.

Public Service Department director general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal who was also at the house together with Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said they would do all they could to help the family.

He however, did not elaborate on the family’s request for a job and said they need to discuss about the matter first.

Meanwhile, Jalaluddin in expressing his condolences to the family once again also promised to help them in anyway possible.

“For now our focus is to help Kpl Razkan’s children and think about their education,” he said.

Kpl Razkan leaves behind wife Setinurafeni Andu, 30, two-year-old son Ahmad Qais and six-year-old daughter Nur Aqilah Darwisyah.

Setinurafeni when met at the house said that she would be looking for a job to care for her two children once everything pertaining to her husband’s death is settled.

“We may have assistance from the government as well as police but I still need to get out and work so that my children would have a more secure future,” she said.

Kpl Razkan together with his employer, Rompin MP Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis the special envoy to the United States; principal private secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Azlin Alias; pilot Capt Clifford Fournier; co-pilot Eidiana Baiziera; businessman Datuk Robert Tan had all died in the crash after attending Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter’s wedding reception and were heading to another reception when the helicopter exploded in mid-air and crashed in Semenyih.

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