PO­LICE OF­FI­CER DIES IN HIGH­WAY CRASH

Bleak first day of Ra­madan for fam­ily

New Straits Times - - News -

INTAN BAHA

IPOH intan.zalila@nst.com.my

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.

PIC COUR­TESY OF FIRE AND RES­CUE DEPART­MENT

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.

PIC COUR­TESY OF PO­LICE

Blood at the el­derly cou­ple’s house in Ta­man Ke­jora, Te­bong, Alor Ga­jah, yes­ter­day.

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