Girl, six, swept away in monsoon drain


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Feb 2004

BANGI: It was a premonition of sorts when a six-year-old girl told her mother after she was scolded on Monday morning that her mother would live to regret it if she died.  

Marina Mohd Fuad, 26, said her daughter Shahirah Shafie was unusually quiet when she scolded her that morning. 

That evening at 6.30pm, Shahirah was cycling with her five-year-old brother, Shakirin, when she fell into a monsoon drain in Kampung Teras Jermang here after a downpour. The currents dragged her away and she has not been found since. 

“What breaks my heart is that when I scolded her she told me that I would regret it if she was to die.  

“I immediately hugged her and apologised but now she is gone, I cannot accept it,” said the factory worker.  

Shahirah's 30-year-old father, Shafie Hamzah, said both his children were playing in the house when it started to rain at 6pm. 

“When the rain stopped some half-and-hour later, they asked for permission to play outside the house and I allowed them. 

“I was attending to my sick wife in the bedroom when I heard a commotion. When I went out to check, a villager ran towards me and told me that my daughter had fallen into the monsoon drain. 

“I should have not allowed them to go out and play but at the same time I believe that our lives are in God’s hands,” said Shafie, also a factory worker. 

A 30-men team from the Bangi Search and Rescue Department failed to locate Shahirah.  

They stopped the search at 9.30pm yesterday and will resume today.  

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