Vic­tims’ par­ents want ‘jus­tice’

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: Fam­ily mem­bers of three stu­dents who drowned at a Mem­bakut re­sort dur­ing a re­cent school ex­cur­sion lodged a po­lice re­port on Fri­day.

They claimed that there were “short­com­ings in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the camp­ing trip”.

The par­ents of Hafiz Ha­mazan Rah­man, 16, Daniel Nor­man Nor­isham, 16, and Quza­imi Jakaria, 17, ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the han­dling of the in­ci­dent.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on April 29 when the boys, who were tak­ing part in an SMK Pu­tatan pro­gramme, re­port­edly lost their foot­ing while trekking and fell into a stream.

Daniel’s fa­ther, Nor­isham Pu­rah, 51, said in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent al­legedly pro­vided by the school did not ac­cu­rately de­scribe what tran­spired.

“Ac­cord­ing to ac­counts of wit­nesses, the vic­tims were in­structed by one of the re­sort guides to en­ter the wa­ter­way, re­sult­ing in the tragedy.”

Nur­fizah Ab­dul­lah, Hafiz’s aunt, said one of the teach­ers al­legedly ad­mit­ted that no teach­ers were su­per­vis­ing the stu­dents dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers also al­leged that there was a lack of warn­ing signs and safety equip­ment at the lo­ca­tion.

“We want jus­tice for our boys. The govern­ment and au­thor­i­ties need to take ac­tion,” said Nor­isham.

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