SG SKC DROWNING TRAGEDY
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