Father of drowned rescuer proud of his son's sacrifice

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 Feb 2019

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Mustafa, the father of 31-year-old Abdul Bari Asyraf Mohd, is proud of his son who died trying to save the lives of others.

The 66-year-old is saddened by his son's passing but accepts that Abdul Bari drowned after saving four passengers in a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle that plunged into Sungai Terengganu, near Pulau Warisan, in Kuala Terengganu on Friday night (Feb 8).

After extensive search-and-rescue efforts, Abdul Bari's body was found floating on the river at 7.24am Sunday (Feb 10).

Mustafa, who seemed calm when met at the Forensic Unit at Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ), was thankful that his son's body was finally discovered after an extensive search and rescue effort.

"Alhamdulillah... We understand and accept with the promise of Allah. Everyone, including his mother, Masitah Awang, 60, is sincere with his departure," he told Bernama.

"Despite our sadness, we are proud of his passing because of his good deed to save the lives of other people and this action is very commendable," he added.

Mohd also thanked all those who worked hard to find his son.

He said funeral prayers will be held at the Merbau Patah Mosque in Kuala Terengganu, before the burial at the Merbau Patah Cemetery after Zohor prayers.

Meanwhile on Facebook, Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said Abdul Bari's service was huge because he was willing to sacrifice his life to save the lives of others. - Bernama

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