Lone survivor traumatised, refuses to speak about incident
RAWANG: Less than 12 hours after surviving a fishing tragedy at Kampung Timah, Sungai SKC, on Friday, Muhammad Shahir Azman was whisked away by his family to Perak after the subuh prayers.
The journey to Ipoh where his aunt lives was to calm the severely traumatised 12-year-old, who had lost seven friends in an instant when they were swept away by strong currents while fishing at 5.20pm.
Shahir ’s father, Azm a n I smail, said his third child was shocked and would not speak of the tragic incident for many hours.
“He became very quiet and kept to himself but he is slowly beginning to speak, but not about the tragedy.
“We will give him time and words of comfort and let him open up on his own.
“He is emotionally disturbed and we do not want to force him into talking about it,” Azman told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Azman, 47, said Shahir had complained of body aches as a result of being hit by a sudden gush of water while fishing in the Sungai SKC tributary on that fateful rainy evening.
Azman said Shahir’s aunt, a nurse, was taking care of him during the week-long school holidays.
Azman said he had repeatedly warned Shahir about fishing during downpours at the monsoon drain.
“Each time, he promised he would not, but sometimes, I am unaware he has gone fishing. But after this incident, I hope he heeds my advice,” said Azman.
Shahir was rescued after holding onto a rubber hose at a nearby bridge. His screams for help caught the attention of a Bangladeshi who was passing by. He threw Shahir a rope before pulling him to safety.
Muhammad Shahir Azman