Victims’ parents want ‘justice’
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.