Re­li­gious teacher’s fam­ily to re­mem­ber him as a hero

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

TAN­JUNG MALIM: The fam­ily of re­li­gious teacher Mohd Yusuf Md, 26, who died in the fire at the Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah tah­fiz cen­tre in Datuk Kera­mat, will re­mem­ber him as a hero.

His sis­ter No­razni Md, 37, said the fam­ily learnt that Yusuf, the eighth of 10 sib­lings, had saved some of the stu­dents by wak­ing them up as soon as the fire broke out.

“One of the stu­dents re­lated his ex­pe­ri­ence to our el­dest brother Noorazam, 40, who went to the school on the day of the in­ci­dent,” she said.

“The boy told him that Yusuf, who was stay­ing on the ground floor, went up to their room on the third floor and woke him up when the fire broke out.

“He told the stu­dents to es­cape.

“Yusuf never made it to safety. We only know that much. We learned about the other de­tails from the news.

“This is a dif­fi­cult time for us. Peo­ple have been com­ing here ask­ing about the in­ci­dent since yes­ter­day.

“It breaks my heart when I have to re­peat the same story about our beloved brother.

“I hope everyone can give us some space after the burial. Let’s leave the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the author­i­ties.”

No­razni, along with her heav­ily-preg­nant sis­ter, Noor Aini, 29, were at their mother’s house in Felda Be­sout 4 in Sungkai, wait­ing for the re­mains of their brother to be brought home for burial.

Noor Aini said Yusuf, fondly known as Abang Chik, was look­ing for­ward to the birth of her first child, due to be de­liv­ered at the end of this month.

“He had asked me to in­form him of the date so that he could take leave and be here when the baby ar­rives.

“We did not no­tice any­thing dif­fer­ent as he was his usual jovial self when we met dur­ing Hari Raya Aidi­ladha.

“But I re­mem­ber that he kissed us, his sis­ters, on the cheek a lot.

“Apart from mother, Abang Chik was quite close to No­razni as he was the youngest son and one of the two boys in the fam­ily,” she said.

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