Father proud of heroic son who drowned trying to save others

KUALA TERENGGANU: Though grief-stricken, Mohd Mustafa is proud of his son Abdul Bari Asyraf’s heroism.

Abdul Bari Asyraf, 31, his third child, drowned while trying to save four passengers in a four-wheel-drive vehicle which had plunged into the Sungai Terengganu river in Pulau Warisan last Friday.

His body was found floating in Kuala Tanjung, Sungai Terengganu, about 2.5km from where he went missing, by members of the public and was brought ashore by fire and rescue personnel.

Mohd, 66, who appeared calm when met at the forensics unit of the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here, expressed gratitude that his son’s body was finally recovered after an extensive search.

“Everyone, including his mother, Masitah Awang, 60, have come to terms with his passing.

“Although we feel sad, we are proud of him for ignoring his own safety to help others,” he added.

Mohd said the funeral prayers would be held at the Merbau Patah Mosque here, before his son was laid to rest at the Merbau Patah Muslim Cemetery after the “zuhur” (midday’s) prayer.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar via his official Facebook page said Abdul Bari Asyraf was a true hero because he was willing to sacrifice his own life to save others.

In the 9.30pm incident, Abdul Bari Asyraf, who was then fishing with friends, jumped into the river estuary after seeing the four-wheel drive vehicle plunge into the river.

It is understood that he managed to rescue one of the four family members before he too went missing.

Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Alauddin Abdul Majid was reported earlier as saying that Abdul Bari Asyraf may have had cramps after staying too long in the water. — Bernama