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Family of drowned soldier await the return of his remains

ALOR GAJAH:  The family of the late Captain Hasman Hussin has urged the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) to expedite the process of bringing back the remains of the soldier to the country.

His brother Mohd Hairi, 29, said the family was still awaiting updates from the MAF, and that the family had already agreed to bury the body at the Solok

“Initially, we were informed that the body would be flown to Malaysia tomorrow (Sunday) but as of now there are still no updates, it is hoped that all the tasks can be done quickly. Our family understands that the process takes time and there are a lot of procedures to be adhered to, but we hope that the funeral can take place soon,” he told reporters here today.

Earlier, his family received a courtesy visit from the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Culture Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, who is also Masjid Tanah MP, at Kampung Durian Daun here.

The Army Headquarters on Wednesday (Dec 30) confirmed that the body of Hasman, 33, an army officer who was reported missing on Dec 26, believed to be swept away by floods in Pulaski County, Missouri, United States, was found at 11 am, Dec 28 local time (1 am , Dec 29 Malaysian time).

Meanwhile, the victim’s grandmother Jaamah Ahmad, 79, who said she began looking after him since he was five years old after the death of his mother, accepted the loss of her grandson and described him as a kind and generous person.

“He was so fond of eating ‘sambal tumis ayam’ and ‘tempoyak’ whenever he returned home but is now no more, only his memories will accompany me and  the other family members, those whose times are up will have to go,” she said.

She said the deceased was a quiet yet friendly person, and loved to joke with all of his family members.

Meanwhile, Mas Ermieyati said the ministry hoped the process of bringing back the remains of the deceased was simplified to ensure the funeral could be carried out well.

“I hope his wife and family members can accept and go through this unfortunate situation which has befallen them with courage,” she said. – BERNAMA


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