Traumatised boy refuses to talk after tragedy

  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Dec 2015

Distant gaze: Sabariah speaking to the press about the incident while Hasif sits silently on her lap at his grandmother’s house in Kampung Serdang Baru.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Every­thing is still so raw and vivid in the mind of traumatised Mohd Hasif Abdul Halim, the sole survivor of Saturday’s tragedy at a waterfall in Hulu Terengganu, which claimed the lives of five family members.

When he hears it on television or people talking about it, the nine-year-old walks away as he does not want to be reminded of the incident.

Mohd Hasif’s aunt, Dr Siti Sabariah Samian, a doctor from Kuala Langat, Selangor, said her nephew had become very quiet and refused to talk to anyone after the tragedy.

“He remembers every single bit of what happened. He saw how one by one, his parents and three siblings were sucked by the strong current, making him an orphan in a blink of an eye,” she told reporters at her mother’s house in Kuala Nerus yesterday.

After the Subuh prayers yesterday morning, Mohd Hasif cried for the first time.

“In the afternoon, he had his first proper meal after the tragedy,” she said.

In the Saturday tragedy, Mohd Hasif watched in horror as five of his family members were sucked by a whirlpool-like current formed near the waterfall.

The drowned were engineer and imam Abdul Halim Samian, 44, Nurul Adila @Salwati Awang, 39, Nurul Arifah, 16, Nurul Aina, 11, and Nurul Izah, 10.

They were from Bandar Puncak Alam in Kuala Selangor.

It was believed that the family members were at first playing at a shallow area before moving into deeper waters.

As one of them got into trouble, the others moved in to rescue but the current proved too strong for them.

Dr Siti said it was best if Mohd Hasif followed them back to Selan­gor as he is very close to his two cousins.

“This is something that we believe he will never forget but by being with my sons, hopefully, they can support and help him recover,” she said.

While Dr Siti spoke to the press, Mohd Hasif sat silently on her lap, with his face looking down.

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