FOR any family, knowing that their loved one was killed in an ill-fated crash is hard to fathom.
But for mother Rahmah Abdullah, 76, she looked composed and according to Bukit Chandan assemblyman Maslin Sham Razman, she was relieved to know that her son was found.
Rahmah and other well-wishers have been praying for the safety of Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Wan Ahmad since Thursday night and when news of the fifth body discovered surfaced; the people at his residence were filled with sadness.
The remains from Thursday’s helicopter crash was identified as Wan Mohammad.
The search and rescue team said the body was found 2km from its Lingga operations centre, with the Fire and Rescue Department saying in a statement that the victim was brought to the jetty and arrived at the Lingga SAR operations centre at 6.50pm on Saturday.
His youngest brother Wan Mohammad Khairul Falah, 43, was in tears but was able to inform well-wishers about the news.
During the funeral, Wan Mohammad’s widow Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid hugged her four sons – Wan Emir Astar, 26, Wan Imar Izzat, 25, Wan Iskandar, 21, and Wan Muhammad Amar, 19 – when she knelt down, grief-stricken as she touched the freshly poured soil that buried her husband.
She later scattered flower petals and poured scented water on his grave, followed by her sons and relatives.
During the funeral prayer session, some of the family members and close friends shed quiet tears.
Speaking to reporters after the funeral, Wan Mohammad’s father, Wan Ahmad Wan Yusof, 78, said he hoped the next MP could continue the good work of his son in developing Kuala Kangsar and fighting for the well-being of its residents.
Recalling his eldest son’s caring side, the father of five said his son would always ask about his health every time they talked.
Wan Mohammad will forever remain in his birthplace and the parliamentary constituency he had worked hard for in the last three years.
The Kuala Kangsar MP, who was born in the royal town here in 1960, was laid to rest at the burial grounds next to the Ubudiah Mosque yesterday.
Prior to holding the position as MP, he had also served his hometown as Bukit Chandan assemblyman from 2008 to 2012.
The mosque was already teeming with family members, relatives, friends and constituents as early as 5am, awaiting the arrival of Wan Mohammad’s casket to pay their last respects.
His casket arrived in a RMAF Hercules aircraft at the Sultan Azlan Shah airport at 6.47am, where Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah and his consort Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim were present to pay their last respects.
The hearse arrived at the Bukit Chandan mosque at 8am. He was buried at 9.15am.