New Straits Times

FAMILIES RECALL FINAL MOMENTS

A family member even dreamt of her husband dying

- RUWAIDA MD ZAIN AND ABDUL RAHEMANG TAIMING cnews@nstp.com.my

NOR Nadia Kamaluddin told her fireman husband, Mohd Fatah Hashim, two weeks ago of her nightmare of him dying. Little did the 29-year old mother of two toddlers expect that it would become reality when she was informed of the tragedy at 10pm on Wednesday.

“He just laughed it off. I did not expect my dream to become a reality. He was silent the whole day, a day before the tragedy happened.

“That day, he went to work and came back home at noon for some kuih. He acted strangely when he called for our kids and kissed them. I last saw him at 11am,” she said after the funeral prayers at the Fire and Rescue Station in Section 15, Shah Alam, yesterday.

The tragedy that took Fatah’s life also snuffed out the lives of five other firemen involved in a search-and-rescue mission involving a missing teenage boy at a mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana.

The other five were Adnan Othman, 33, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32, Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, and Yahya Ali, 24.

In Tawau, tears rolled down Asmah Abdalis’ face as she recalled her last conversati­on with her son, Mazlan.

His last words to her were those seeking her blessings before he headed for a rescue operation in an attempted suicide case.

“The last time I spoke to my son was last Tuesday.

“After his father’s death (in 2012), he was the family’s pillar of strength. He joined the fire and rescue training and was sent to the peninsula for six years.

“He asked to be transferre­d to Sabah so he could look after me.”

In Mukah, Yahya’s sister said her brother would forever be remembered as a hero.

Julia Ali, 17, said she and her two other siblings looked up to Yahya, who she described as loving and caring, especially on his siblings’ education.

She said every time he called their mother, he would advise his younger siblings to study hard for their future.

“He always reminded us to study hard and get a good job. In his conversati­ons with our mother, he asked about our schooling and well-being.”

Adnan just celebrated his 33rd birthday with family members on Sept 29. His family recalled his short return to Port Dickson recently.

His mother, Ronani Abdullah, 58, said her son and his wife returned home for the occasion and, before parting ways, he told her: “Mom, you have a bad knee, please do not trouble yourself by cooking rendang and ketupat for me”.

Adnan leaves a wife and two daughters, Nur Aisyah Damia, 4, and Aliyah Maisarah, 2.

In Rantau Panjang, Izatul Akma’s wife said she accepted her husband’s passing as the will of God.

“I am shocked by what has happened. As the wife of a fireman, I have always been told to be prepared for any eventualit­y.

“But nobody can be prepared for news like this,” she said, adding that she was proud of her husband’s sacrifice in the line of duty.

Muhammad Hifdzul’s family in

Pasir Mas said he always shared the challenges firemen faced in saving drowning victims.

Wan Kamilah Wan Yakob, 53, said he son was home for three days last Sunday and did not stop talking about his job.

“He loved it... He joined as a firemen five years ago and he was happy doing what he did.

“Nobody in our family ever expected his career would be so shortlived.”

 ?? PIC BY SADDAM YUSOFF ?? The daughter of firefighte­r Mohd Fatah Hashim, who drowned during a searchand-rescue operation in Puchong, crying after hearing news of her father’s death.
PIC BY SADDAM YUSOFF The daughter of firefighte­r Mohd Fatah Hashim, who drowned during a searchand-rescue operation in Puchong, crying after hearing news of her father’s death.

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