IPOH: Veteran comedian and actor A.R Badul thanked the armed forces for providing a “perfect and beautiful” funeral for his army commando son, who was killed during a live firing demonstration.
“I am proud of my son for being in the army. It (his son’s death) saddens me. But I feel so grateful, and on behalf of our family, we would like to say thank you to the armed forces who handled the funeral arrangements.
“The armed forces have displayed their strong commitment to my son and their fellow comrades involved in various mishaps.
“Without them, the funeral wouldn’t be this beautiful and perfect, ” the actor said after attending his son’s burial at the Tambun Muslim cemetery here yesterday.
Badul also expressed his appreciation to the journalists who have written stories about his son Mejar Mohd Zahir Armaya.
“I have read some of the write-up. It made me feel like my son is the most useful person on earth.”
Mejar Zahir’s body arrived at 5.45am at a relative’s house in Taman Perpaduan before he was buried at the cemetery with full military honours.
More than 1,000 people, including family members, relatives and friends came by to show their last respects.
Badul, whose real name is Armaya Aman Ramlie, said the family earlier wanted Mejar Zahir to be buried in Kuala Lumpur, while his mother wanted him to be buried in Sabah.
“But his wife who is from here requested him to buried in Tambun. I made the decision to have his body buried here as his wife and children are here, ” he said.
Mejar Zahir, 36, died after he was believed to have been accidentally shot during the launch of the Malaysian Fifth Infantry Division and the 13th Malaysian Infantry Brigade exhibition at the Lok Kawi Camp in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday.
He was survived by a wife and five children aged between five months and nine.