KEPALA BATAS: The family of hearing-impaired Malaysian Everest 2023 (ME2023) expedition participant Muhammad Hawari Hashim (pic), 33, is asking Malaysians to pray that he will be found safe.
His 64-year-old mother, Che Tom Hassan, said the family had not received any news or message from Muhammad Hawari, who is the third of five siblings.
“We found out news about Warie through social media on Saturday morning. I tried to contact his team to get the latest information but failed.
“The last time I was able to contact him was when Warie was at Camp Two. He asked us all to pray and recite the yassin for him to be able to climb to the top of Everest. He told us not to worry about him.
“After that, on Thursday, we got information that Warie had successfully climbed to the top of Everest, and that was news that made our family happy before we found out he was missing,” she told Bernama when met at her house in Permatang Kerai Besar yesterday.
Although the family, along with his wife and two children, was taken aback by the recent news, they are maintaining a positive outlook.
Che Tom said the family expressed gratitude to all parties who held special prayers and yassin recitations for Muhamad Hawari’s well-being.
“Ever since he was in primary school, Warie aspired to climb to the top of Mount Everest, and he is actually someone who is always enthusiastic, confident and active. He used to participate in all types of sports and competitions at school,” she said, holding back tears several times.
She hoped that relevant parties would channel developments about the search for Muhammad Hawari so that the family could get accurate news.
“As a mother, it is sad but at the same time, makcik needs to be strong and pray that my son will be found safe soon,” she said.
Meanwhile, PAS Youth’s department of arts, culture and sports held a solat hajat at Pokok Sena’s Kampung Banggol Mosque for Muhammad Hawari last night.
“We received the sad news that Muhammad Hawari, went missing while on a Mount Everest expedition,” it said.
Muhammad Hawari, who is a native of Permatang Kerai Besar, started his journey to Nepal on April 1 for the mission to reach the summit of Everest, with the expedition scheduled until June 11.
According to reports from Nepali media, he is thought to have disappeared while descending from Camp Four of the world’s tallest mountain last Friday.