JOHOR BARU: Parents of two of the eight teenage cyclists who were killed in an accident early Saturday morning, want the public to stop criticising the families and blaming them for the tragedy.
Operator Fatimah Nasir, 43, said people should respect the families who were still grieving and stop saying things that could hurt them further.
“In my case, I have always told my son, Mohammad Azrie Danish Zulkefli, to tell me whenever he wanted to go out and play with friends or attend other activities,” she said.
“But sometimes he did not and that always upset me as I am very concerned about him.”
On the night of the incident, she said, her 14-year-old son had told her that he was going to a bicycle club house located 500m away their home in Taman Sinaran Kempas here.
“I am used to my son hanging out with his friends at the club until late at night but I did not know that he had gone to the town area that night,” she said.
She said she felt very sad reading comments posted by people in social media, blaming her and other parents for not monitoring the movements of their children.
“They are not in my shoes and do not feel the pain that I am feeling now.
“Some things are just beyond our control.
“I just wish that they would stop saying all those hurtful things so that we can grieve in peace,” she told reporters after Johor Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Asiah Md Ariff paid her a visit at her house yesterday.
Fatimah also said that she hoped the authorities would take stern action against the driver who caused the death of her son and seven others.
Mayang Morani M Noor, 34, whose 14-year-old son Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Maruddin also died in the incident, said she was saddened by the hurtful comments, especially those that blamed her and other parents for being negligent.
Despite being sad, Mayang Morani said she would not blame anyone.
Instead, she hoped the people would respect the victims’ families and stop making nasty remarks.
She said her son had always been interested in bicycles and modifying them but she never thought that his hobby would eventually caused his death.
“My son just became involved in the bicycle club about two weeks ago. I have always supported his hobby.
“He recently bought a new bicycle with his own savings,” Mayang Morani said.
She also said that she felt guilty for not monitoring his activities more closely.
“I hope this will serve as a lesson to other parents to always be aware of their children’s whereabouts and activities at all time,” Mayang Morani added.