A lonely Raya for boy who lost family in accident


Compiled by ASHLEY TANG, CHOW HOW BAN and R. ARAVINTHAN

THIS Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be a lonely celebration for young Muhammad Haziq Zikri Mohd Zairul after he lost his parents, grandmother and sister in a car crash in August, Kosmo! reported.

The 10-year-old said he felt sad when he recalled his past Raya with his family.

“Now, I will no longer feel the festivity of my mum dressing me and my younger sister on the first day of Raya, and my dad taking me to perform Hari Raya prayers, ” he said.

Muhammad Haziq will miss the happy times of playing fireworks with his sister and the rendang cooked by his grandmother.

The boy, who now lives with his aunt in Kampung Badlishah, Kedah, said he would probably celebrate the occasion at his maternal grandmother’s place this year.

Muhammad Haziq is grateful to his maternal grandmother as well as aunts and uncles for showering him with love.

“I accept that my mother, father and sister are gone. And I will always pray for them, ” he said.

On Aug 11, the Perodua Alza Muhammad Haziq’s family was in hit a trailer at KM5, Jalan Keramat Pulai, Simpang Pulai, Perak, as they were returning from a holiday in Cameron Highlands.

The accident claimed the lives of his father Mohd Zairul Mat Isa, 34, mother Noratiqah Abd Hamid, 30, sister Nur Qaseh Damia, four, and grandmother Fatimah Mat Isa, 70.

Also killed were Mohd Zairul’s cousin, Hasliza Mahmud, 40, and her husband Zulkifli Shuib, 49, as well as their child Mohd Alif Firdaus, three.

> Actress Janna Nick revealed that since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she has been taking antidepressants, Harian Metro reported.

“Now, I have to take time to stay away from social media to focus on myself.

“Previously, I thought my mind was working like other people’s and that most people would have three or four voices in their head.

“I thought they were just normal voices talking to each other like a group discussion until I started taking medication, ” she said.

Janna, 25, also revealed that she had thoughts of suicide when she was young.

“My childhood was not like other children’s. I come from an imperfect family. Back then I even went to a boarding school that was far away from home, ” she said, adding that she used to watch her schoolmates’ families bring them food from a window.

Those in need of help can contact the Befrienders service nearest to them. For a full list of numbers and operating hours, go to www.befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia or call 03-7627 2929.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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