Vic­tim’s fa­ther last spoke to son two days ago

New Straits Times - - News -

RAWANG: A fa­ther lamented that he did not have the chance to speak to his son for two days as he was busy with work.

Ka­marul Arif­fin Os­man, the fa­ther of Muham­mad Ai­man, re­called the last con­ver­sa­tion he had with his son a few days ago about how happy he was after win­ning a foot­ball match.

“I did not even get to con­grat­u­late him as he was sleep­ing when I came home.

“I knew he was tired and I did not wake him,” he said while hold­ing back tears.

The 45-year-old said he was at work when he was in­formed about the in­ci­dent.

“It was 6pm and I called home to ask what the chil­dren were do­ing and my wife told me ‘ Ai­man lemas ’ (Ai­man drowned).”

Ka­marul said his 12-year-old son, a foot­ball en­thu­si­ast, went out after Fri­day prayers when his friends came over to the house.

The boy did not say where he was go­ing.

“I was shocked. I have not spo­ken to him for two days.

“I have been work­ing late and did not get the chance to talk to him.”

He said he had cau­tioned his son not to go swim­ming there as there were drown­ing in­ci­dents in the past.

But know­ing his son, he would still fol­low his friends.

Ka­marul said Ai­man, who was the fourth child in the fam­ily of seven, would usu­ally cy­cle to where he wanted to go, but this time, he did not do so.

Mean­while, Mi­nah Ab­dul­lah, the grand­mother of Mohd Iskan­dar Shah Ab­dul­lah, 11, said the boys did not in­form their fam­i­lies where they were head­ing to when they left home.

“I have warned him (Iskan­dar) on many oc­ca­sions not to go close to the area but he man­aged to sneak out.”

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