POLICE OFFICER DIES IN HIGHWAY CRASH
Bleak first day of Ramadan for family
IT was a bleak first day of Ramadan for Sapiah Zakaria and her family as her husband, a police officer, was killed in an accident at Km283.3 of the North-South Expressway early yesterday.
District Management Department police chief Deputy Superintendent Madon Budin, 59, died at the scene when the car he was driving was believed to have hit the rear of a lorry and skidded into the emergency lane at 4.45am.
When met at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital’s forensics unit at 10am yesterday, 55-year-old Sapiah looked calm and collected.
She was there to claim her husband’s remains.
She said her husband had told her that he would return home to Batu Caves in Selangor this week, but did not say when he would be back.
“I waited until 1am but there was no sign of him. The last time I met him was on May 17,” said Sapiah, adding that her husband would be buried at the KarakKuala Lumpur Highway Muslim cemetery.
Safiah said she could not think about celebrating Ramadan and Hari Raya.
“What is important is that I will take over my husband’s duty as a father and look after my two sons and daughter. Alhamdulillah, they are all grown up.
“My second child is working in Johor while the rest are with me,” she said, adding that her husband joined the police force in 1981.
Safiah said Madon was in his last year of service. He was expected to retire in April next year.
Perak Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department deputy chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Mahiri Hussin said Madon’s vehicle hit “an object”, believed to be the rear of a lorry.
“As a result, the victim lost control of his vehicle before skidding to the left side of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
It is learnt that the lorry believed to have been involved left the scene following the accident.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Sum Chang Keong, when met outside the hospital’s forensic unit, said Madon’s death was a great loss to the district police as the latter had been dedicated, committed and diligent.
A sombre mood enveloped the forensic unit as some 30 policemen were seen waiting for Madon’s remains outside the mortuary.
Fire and Rescue Department personnel retrieving the body of district Management Department police chief Deputy Superintendent Madon Budin (inset) from his car at Km283.3 of the North-South Expressway near Ipoh yesterday.
Blood at the elderly couple’s house in Taman Kejora, Tebong, Alor Gajah, yesterday.