Remains of Orang Asli buried






Final prayers: Well wishers and religious officers at the 15 dead Orang Asli funeral ceremony conducted at the Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra mosque in Gua Musang. — Bernama

Final prayers: Well wishers and religious officers at the 15 dead Orang Asli funeral ceremony conducted at the Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra mosque in Gua Musang. — Bernama

GUA MUSANG: The bodies of five Orang Asli from the Batek tribe, who are believed to have died of measles, were given a final prayer at Tengku Faez Petra Mosque here before being buried at Kampung Kuala Koh Muslim Cemetery.

The funeral prayer was led by Imam Tua Othman Saufi and joined by more than 20 representatives of the various government departments and agencies in the district, including the religious officer from the Kelantan Islamic Religion and Malay Customs Council (MAIK), Murtadha Abdullah.

Earlier, 15 Orang Asli bodies were taken out of the Forensics Room of Gua Musang Hospital (HGM) at 8.30am to be taken to the mosque for prayers before being brought to Kampung Kuala Koh for burial.

The bodies were those of Poja Jong, 21, Romi Hamdan, 29, Nazri Rosli, three, Jaid Keladi, 55, Safia Papan, 18, Fayah Papan, 20, Din Hamdan, 18, Mek Nab Tebu, 63, Leha Hamdan, 26, Mohd Salleh Khaizan, one, Jelik Jong and Puspa Lee, five, Amir Lee, one, Haika Rahim, 22, and Farah Rahim, 20.

The epidemic that hit the Batek tribe for more than one month had killed 15 people from Kampung Kuala Koh while another 112 were infected with measles and receiving treatment at the clinics nearby.

Fourteen of the 15 bodies had to be exhumed, including those which were buried according to the tribal customs, for examination at HGM to determine the cause of infection.

Murtadha told the media after the funeral prayers yesterday that MAIK had been appointed from the start to manage all the bodies from the funeral prayers right up to the burial.

He said all the procedures after the completion of the autopsy at HGM were borne by MAIK and everything went according to schedule.“The burial according to Islamic rites also received the permission of the victims’ family members after discussions were carried out recently,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kuala Koh OCPD Supt Mohd Taufik Maidin said Kampung Kuala Koh was still designated as a red-zone area.

“As such, people who have no business to be in the area are not allowed to enter the village until it is completely safe from the disease,” he said. — Bernama

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