WHEN he was told that Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Wan Ahmad was in the AS350 helicopter that crashed at Batang Lupar on May 5, Bukit Chandan assemblyman Maslin Sham Razman was lost for words.
Maslin, who was at Wan Mohammad’s residence, was seen weeping during the Yassin prayers and when he spoke to reporters, he couldn’t control his tears when asked to describe Wan Mohammad.
“He is not just a boss. He is like a close friend and brother to me. I’m saddened that this happened to him. This crash is still a question mark for us,” he said to reporters.
Maslin will never forget the march with Barisan Nasional members and supporters during nomination day in 2013 as it showed the coalition’s solidarity in the district.
“Whenever I recall that day, it gives me goosebumps. Wan Mohammad, Manong assemblyman Mohd Kamil Shafie and I walked with the other members and it was a moment I can’t forget in my life.
“It showed that we were united and will always help serve the rakyat. He always advised me to serve the people,” he said.
“We have to continue working on our plans for the people,” he added.
“We just want them to be behind us during this trying time.”
Maslin said the division members will stay united and work on the projects planned by Wan Mohammad.
“He wants a multipurpose hall in Bukit Chandan and for that an allocation has been given. We are in the midst of looking for a piece of land,” he added.
Planning for the construction of Malaysian Palm Oil research farm and training institute in Kuala Kangsar would begin shortly too, he said.
It was a dream of Wan Mohammad’s.
“But the key thing is to help the poor. He constantly reminded us to do that. Mohd Kamil and I will do it,” he said.
Mohd Kamil, who is also the Kuala Kangsar Umno division deputy chief, got to know Wan Muhammad in primary school.
“We both studied in SK Clifford. He was a friend first, then a colleague. We started our political career with Kuala Kangsar’s Umno Youth,” he said.
Mohd Kamil also said Wan Mohammad always helped him without hoping for anything in return.
Described as a man who loves his family, colleagues and his constituents, Wan Mohammad’s demise was hard to take for Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
He was also deeply saddened by the loss of Datuk Noriah Kasnon, who was Zambry’s junior in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA).
“She always saw me as an older brother. Datuk Wan and his family members are like family to me.
“We took the same path in politics – starting off as youth members.”
Zambry, in a statement, said he will never forget the last joke Wan Mohammad shared with him during his daughter’s wedding reception in Ipoh.
“Looks like that was his last smile and laughter with me,” he said, adding that he was constantly in tears since the news of the missing helicopter was announced on Thursday night.
Zambry said such a tragedy reminds him of the value of sacrifice and the dedication needed to become an elected representative.
“Some would say this is the path that we chose.
“Yes, it is true; this is the path we chose for our country and state.
“This is also a path that separates us from our families most times because we have to work for the people,” he added.
“Today, I’ve lost a friend who is very polite, hardly raises his voice, smiles all the time, a father who loves his kids, husband who cares for his wife dearly and a leader who is always diligent with his work,” said Zambry.