HE never had any enemies and was always courteous to his constituents.
Those were the words of Bukit Chandan village head Ibrahim Lokman Kushairi, 53, who was shocked to learn that Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad was one of the passengers of Eurocopter AS 350 that crashed near Batang Lupar in Sarawak.
According to Ibrahim, the Kuala Kangsar MP and former Bukit Chandan assemblyman always helped people in Kuala Kangsar and his efforts to help the people affected by the Sayong floods in 2014 were deeply appreciated by many.
“Wan Mohammad was there to help the people. He made sure that no one was neglected and did his best to help the people living near the river.
“He always helps the needy. Whenever he comes down to Kuala Kangsar, he won’t sit still. He will go around Bukit Chandan and other areas to check if the people are okay or not,” said Ibrahim.
Wan Mohammad, who was fondly known as Anjang in the village, was a good footballer and used to participate in lots of athletic competitions.
Ibrahim said Wan Mohammad helped everyone regardless of their political affiliations and he had no enemies in his political career.
“He is one politician who is comfortable with others, even if they are from the opposition. He was only competitive during campaigning and elections, but after that, he was cordial with everyone.
“It isn’t easy to find people like that. I was shocked when I heard the news and I just hope he will be found safe.”
Wan Mohammad’s friend Badiuzaman Mohd Hisham, 66, said he last met Wan Mohammad a month ago in Bukit Chandan and he was still the same man he knew many years ago.
“Even though he is was a well known politician, he was still the same man that I used to know. During our younger days, we used to go fishing a lot and we always ate corn together in the village.
“He is someone that didn’t like to criticise people and he never had enemies. That is something that I like about him,” said Badiuzaman who also hopes that his friend is safe and they will be able to meet again.
Wan Mohammad’s mother 76-year-old Rahmah Abdullah, said she was horrified to find out that her son was involved in the crash
Rahmah, who was at his residence in Kuala Kangsar, told reporters that her youngest son told her about a missing helicopter in Sarawak.
“After Isyak, my youngest son told me not to get shocked. I was bemused. He told me that a helicopter went missing and his eldest brother was in it.
“His wife tried to call him but he didn’t answer his phone. I am praying for my son’s safe return,” said Rahmah, who was emotional, but composed when talking to reporters.
Rahmah said she last met Wan Mohammad on May 2 when he went back to his residence in Kuala Kangsar after attending Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir’s daughter’s wedding reception in Ipoh the previous day.
“He left after evening prayers and he did tell me that he was going to Sarawak. But he did not tell when he was going there,” Rahmah said, adding that if something untoward happened to her son, she was ready to accept it.
“God gives us everything. If God wants him to go home early, we have to accept it. If it is fated, what am I to say?
“After I heard the news, I prayed a lot for his safety. For this Mothers Day, I only want to know that my son is found safe but if something happens to him, I am ready to accept it.”
Wan Mohammad, who is a native of Kuala Kangsar, was an assemblyman in Bukit Chandan from 2008 till 2013.
In the 2013 general elections, he was elected as Kuala Kangsar MP after defeating PAS’s Khalil Idham Abdullah and former Wanita Umno deputy chief Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim.
Rahmah said her son loved serving people and she accepted the fact that her son became a politician even though she thought it was a burden to him.
“He loves it. He feels relieved after coming back from any political assignments. He never spoke ill of anyone.
“Wan Mohammad will only do what is right. The people in Kuala Kangsar especially the Wanita Umno division members here love him.
“I am happy with their support. He was a sincere man and didn’t take things easy,” she said.
Family and friends of Wan Mohammad gathered at his residence here in Bukit Chandan to watch the Prime Minister’s press conference about the accident yesterday.
Before they gathered at his residence, prayers for Wan Mohammad’s safe return were conducted at all the mosques in the district.
Kuala Kangsar Wanita Umno members conducted prayers at the Ubudiah Mosque and later gathered at his house to watch the press conference, which was scheduled to start at 9.30am.
Wan Mohammad’s brother, Wan Mohammad Khairul Falah, 43, said the family was eagerly awaiting news and hopes that he is safe.
“He is a good brother. Wan Mohammad comes to Kuala Kangsar to visit his constituents.
“We hope to hear some good news,” he said to reporters.
Wan Mohammad is the eldest of five siblings and has four children.
In a press conference, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said debris believed to be from the missing AS350 helicopter was found yesterday morning.
The debris comprised a rotor blade, a floatation device, part of a helicopter wall, a door and a seat.
He said the debris was found near Batang Lupar at 9.50am Friday.
The helicopter carrying six people, including Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Datuk Noriah Kasnon and her husband Asmuni Abdullah had left Betong at 4.12pm on Thursday and was headed to Kuching.
Contact was lost with the helicopter 20 minutes after it left Betong, said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Muhammad Sabtu Osman.