NIBONG TEBAL: “Where is Aisy... where is Aisy? Aisy is gone... please forgive daddy Aisy, ” were the heart-breaking words constantly repeated by grieving national footballer Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad, 25, whose infant son was killed in an accident along the North-South Expressway.
His 22-day-old son Muhammad Aisy Saqeef was killed in the accident here that also injured his wife and daughter.
Syafiq’s mother-in-law Zainab Wahab, 45, and Indonesian maid Titik Sukamti, in her 30s, were also killed in the accident.
The heart-breaking scene was shared by Syafiq’s younger brother Muhammad Zulfadhli, 24, who has been at his brother’s side.
“He is still in shock and has difficulties in coming to terms with what had happened. He weeps each time he is approached by family members and friends. He refused to speak to anyone who called him on the phone. He is just devastated, ” he said at the compound of the Sungai Bakap Hospital’s Forensic Unit.
It was equally heart-wrenching when Syafiq’s wife, Nur Amalina Nur Ain, 25, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, kissed her newborn son for the last time.
The remains of Muhammad Aisy Saqeef and Zainab were on the way home for burial in Pendang, Kedah, stopping at the Seberang Jaya Hospital (HSJ) to give Nur Amalina, who is being treated at the hospital, a chance to see her son and mother for the last time.
Nur Amalina was wheeled to the HSJ’s Forensic Unit where she spent some time with her son and was seen caressing and stroking him several times. She also paid her last respects to her mother Zainab.
A Penang Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said Syafiq, who is also a Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) footballer, and his family were travelling in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) when it skidded and crashed into a road divider at KM163 of the North South Highway near Sungai Bakap early yesterday.
“The department received a call at 5.36am about the accident and the personnel were at the scene 10 minutes later, ” he said.
He said firemen found six victims in the car, adding that three of them were pinned in the severely-damaged MPV. All three victims were declared dead at the scene.
Syafiq’s father Ahmad Ibrahim, 56, said his family had planned to visit his son in Johor and see his newborn grandson as soon as the conditional MCO period ended.
“My wife and I were looking forward to meeting our first grandson. We had applied for leave to visit them in Johor.
‘’Now our family is very sad because we did not get to see Muhammad Syafiq’s son... only his remains, ” he said when met at the Sungai Bakap Hospital.
He said they were supposed to make the trip on Dec 11, but had to postpone it to the end of this month after the enhanced MCO was imposed in the Bayan Baru area.
In Johor Baru, JDT Football Club owner Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim extended his condolences to Syafiq following the passing of his family members.
In a statement, he also urged the public to refrain from sharing photographs or videos of the incident as a mark of respect.
In Petaling Jaya, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also conveyed his condolences to Syafiq.
“Condolences to JDT team player Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad who has lost his loved ones in a road accident early this (yesterday) morning.
“May their souls rest in peace and we also pray that Syafiq, his daughter and wife recover quickly, ” Dr Wee said on Facebook.
Condolences messages poured in for Syafiq from the Malaysian football fraternity.
Former national coach Datuk K. Rajagobal in his condolence message via Twitter said: “Please stay strong Syafiq Ahmad. My sincere prayers, may you be given the strength to face this test. Take care.”