Late pilot was a caregiver to Mum, says sibling

GOMBAK: Pilot Mohamed Sabri Baharon, who was killed in the helicopter crash in Taman Melawati, had been taking care of his elderly mother for 14 years.

His younger brother Mohd Faris said he never complained of fatigue when taking care of their mother, Intan Omar, 74.

"He naturally did not talk much but he always updated his family on his activities.

"I also frequently followed him on his flights, the last time of which was during Malaysia Day," he said when met at the Radhatul Sakinah Muslim Cemetery on Monday (Nov 9).

Mohamed Sabri, a former naval officer, was laid to rest at the cemetery at about 2.15pm in the presence of his family and personnel from the navy.

Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, who attended the ceremony, said while Mohamed Sabri might have left the navy 10 years ago, he left behind an everlasting legacy.

"His contribution to the navy is priceless, especially in naval aviation.

"He will always be remembered and cherished by all naval personnel and officers," he said.

Describing the late pilot as his friend, Mohd Reza said Mohamed Sabri had high standards in aviation.

"Despite leaving the navy, he was still concerned about what was happening, especially in the Naval Air Wing unit.

"He was among the earliest who went into aviation," said Mohd Reza.

Many of the late pilot's students were also present during the funeral, he added.

Also present were former Malaysia Airlines Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Jauhari Yahya and Tan Chai Eian, who were in the other helicopter involved in the incident.

Earlier, funeral prayers for Mohamed Sabri were held at Masjid Khalid Al Walid in Jalan Padang Tembak after the body was released from the hospital.

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