14-month-old drowns in pail

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 May 2013

A QUICK phone call to her husband was all it took for tragedy to strike Surianti Zahari’s 14-month-old son, who drowned in a pail in the bathroom of their house in Kuantan, reported Harian Metro.

The boy, who had just started to walk, drowned at 3.30pm yesterday while Surianti, 34, dashed off to make the two minute phone call.

Her husband, Mohd Zawawi Husain, 34, said Surianti had left Mohamad Bilal in the bathroom while their daughter, Nur Arina Damia and niece Shira, both five years old, played nearby.

“My wife went into the living room and left Bilal with his sister and cousin, who were playing in the bedroom.

After two minutes, my wife hung up and went back into the room.

“It was then that she found Bilal upside down in the pail,” he said.

He said Surianti contacted him again before rushing to the clinic, adding that he was informed of his son’s death at 4.30pm.

“We have read news reports about babies drowning in bathrooms. We never thought that the same fate would befall us,” said the grief-stricken father.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Jasmani Yusoff confirmed the incident, adding that the case had been classified as sudden death.

>The Malay tabloid also highlighted the wedding preparations of star couple Linda Hashim and Md Aszerul Nizam Abdullah, popularly known as Beego, whose nuptials had been fixed for June 7.

Besides helping her sister prepare the hantaran (bridal gifts), Linda, 28, said Beego, 32, searched for tree branches in the forest to add a touch of nature to the decorations for their bersanding (reception) event on June 8, a day after the akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage).

The branches will be used to decorate the entrance archway.

“There’s a lot of work for Beego and I will also be helping my sister, who is our wedding planner,” said actress Linda, whose real name is Norhazlinda Hashim.

Linda and Beego’s relationship started after they starred in last June’s Seuntai Tasbih drama series.

“Besides organising the gifts and decorations, I have to manage the accommodation for all my relatives who will arrive from my kampung, as well as family and friends from Indonesia,” she said, adding that she wanted to ensure that everything would go smoothly on the big day.

The couple Linda and Beego will perform the akad nikah on June 7, followed by a wedding ceremony in Hulu Kelang the day after.

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