Victim's family recalls final moments together


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Dec 2003

BY SYED AZHAR AND NIK NAIZI HUSIN

PASIR PUTEH: Heavy rain pelted the corroded zinc roof of the family home as 67-year-old padi farmer Deraman Jusoh recalled his last moments with his daughter, Rosniza. 

“I am sad that the kiss she gave me before leaving for Kuala Lumpur was her last,” he said, wiping the tears from the corner of his eyes. 

The youngest of seven siblings, Rosniza, 24, was a victim of the horror crash at the Kuala Lipis-Gua Musang road on Sunday which took 14 lives. 

Four of the victims were from Kampung Jerus, in the Selising district, where the people are mainly padi farmers and rubber tappers. More than 500 people live in at least four villages in the district. 

Besides Rosniza, the others from the district who died in the tragedy were Ratna Suria Ahmad, 19; Norazila Ismail, 26; Wan Mohd Rizal Wan Ibrahim, 21; and Raja Azhar Raja Deraman, 25. 

SHARING HER LOSS: Raihan Hamzah (right), the mother of Ratna Suria, talking to neighbours and relatives who had gathered to relay their condolences after her daughter's funeral at Kampong Banir Belikong in Pasir Puteh on Monday.

“Our family is dependent on Rosniza’s salary, which she draws as a factory operator in Kuala Lumpur,” said Deraman, who had gathered amid the drizzling monsoon rain with about 200 relatives and friends before subuh prayers for the funeral rites of his daughter. 

Rosniza’s brother Shamsuddin, 48, said that as soon as he was told of the tragic news at 6.30am, he quickly gathered several relatives and went to the Kuala Lipis hospital mortuary to identify his sister. 

“The impact of the accident had smashed her head and both her legs from knees down were missing,” he said. 

He added that it took him some time to accept that she was gone for good.  

Shamsuddin said his sister’s remains arrived at the village at 5.30am yesterday and she was buried at the Kampung Jerus Muslim cemetery at 7am. 

Rosniza's 17-year-old niece, Norsuriani Samsuddin, who sat beside her during the accident, said the impact of the crash ripped her aunt’s seat. 

She said she was asleep in the fast moving bus at the time of the accident. 

“It was dark and all I heard was my aunt’s cries and people screaming here and there. I felt strange that I only heard people in pain but could not see them,” she said at her home.  

Norsuriani, who suffered bruises and bumps on her head and legs, said she was two seats away from the driver. Her first instinct was to look for Rosniza.  

Her cousin, Ratna Suria, travelled with them with another cousin on the fateful day. 

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat extended his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy, on behalf of the state government. In a statement here, he advised the families of the victims to be patient and accept the incident as God's providence to test their faith.  

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