Griev­ing fa­thers

SG SKC DROWN­ING TRAGEDY

New Straits Times - - News -

RAWANG: Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Rid­huan, 10, who drowned in the Kam­pung Timah Sun­gai SKC fish­ing tragedy, will be re­mem­bered as a cheer­ful and so­cia­ble pupil.

He ad­justed well de­spite be­ing in SK Ta­man Bunga Raya 1 for less than two months.

The boy’s class teacher, Mohd Fakharud­din Ibrahim, said Ikhwan, who pre­vi­ously stud­ied in Pu­chong, was a good pupil.

He had al­ways in­sisted on fin­ish­ing his home­work even though classes had ended, said Fakhrud­din.

“On Wed­nes­day, I handed him a za­kat as­sis­tance form as he was not from a well-to-do fam­ily. He re­turned the form to me the next day and that was the last time I saw him. When I heard about the drown­ing, I could not be­lieve it. I had to check with Ikhwan’s mother. I have lost a very good pupil.”

Fakharud­din was also the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and foot­ball teacher to Muham­mad Ai­man Ka­marul Arif­fin, 12, who died in the in­ci­dent.

He said Ai­man was tal­ented in foot­ball and had rep­re­sented the school in dis­trictlevel matches.

Ai­man’s fa­ther, Ka­marul Arif­fin Os­man said al­though he knew his son was ac­tive and loved cy­cling, he didn’t know that Ai­man liked foot­ball and fish­ing.

“He ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally and was elected as class mon­i­tor this year.

“I didn’t know that his teach­ers had so much con­fi­dence in him,” said the griev­ing Ka­marul at Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospi­tal yes­ter­day.

Twenty-two teach­ers vol­un­teered to join the search-and-rescue mis­sion led by Hulu Se­lan­gor ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusuf.

SK Ta­man Bunga Raya 1 head­mas­ter Mohd Has­ren Damiri said the teach­ers and pupils were dev­as­tated over the sud­den loss of the seven boys.

“It is dif­fi­cult to deal with their deaths. We can­not be­lieve that they are gone, but we have to ac­cept the re­al­ity.

“They were obe­di­ent and po­lite, and I treated them like my own chil­dren.

“There is no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment yet as it is now the school hol­i­days. I will an­nounce their deaths dur­ing the as­sem­bly when school re­opens. It will be heart­break­ing news to my pupils,” he said.

Muham­mad Ai­man Ka­marul (left) and Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Rid­huan

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