GURUN: Kpl Hasnul Abdul Rahman, one of the two RMAF personnel whose body was recovered yesterday after the boat he was in capsized in waters near Pulau Sibu, had pleaded for his mother to stay longer with him in Banting, Selangor, just a few days before the incident.
“It looks like he knew he would not see mother anymore,” said Hasnul’s sister Nurhayati, 33, when met at her mother’s house at Kampung Guar Nanas near here yesterday.
“I went together with my mother, Sariah (aka Bashah Yusof, 55,) to his house at Jugra camp in Banting and he cried profusely asking mother not to return home the next day but stay until he comes back (from Mersing) so that he could take her around Selangor.
“He normally does not cry like that as we have visited his house several times before,” she added.
The other airmen who died in the tragedy was Kpl Ayub Sidek, 27, from Pasir Mas, Kelantan.
Nurhayati said she and her mother, however, decided to return here on Jan 13 “only to hear on Monday that my brother had died.”
Nurhayati said Hasnul joined the air force after finishing Form Five.
She said the family only knew about the boat carrying her brother and five other airmen had capsized in waters near Pulau Sibu after reading newspaper reports on Monday.
“Only after my eldest brother Kamaruddin, 43, contacted the RMAF at about 3.30pm the same day (Monday) that the news of Hasnul’s death was confirmed.
Hasnul, 27, who is the sixth in a family of eight, leaves behind his wife Rosliha Ghazali, 21, and a one-year-old daughter, Puteri Mariayamun Husniah.
His remains were buried at the Muslim cemetery at Kampung Badak, near here last night.
Bernama reports from Kota Baru that Kpl Ayub's body arrived in an RMAF aircraft last night at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport in Subang.
Accompanying the body was his wife Suhaila Masayu Mat Saad, their two children and other family members.
Ayub was later buried at the Kampung Padang Salim’s Muslim cemetery in Peringat near his mother’s house.
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