PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - The remains of a Malaysian student who died in Sydney, Australia, are expected to be flown back next week.
Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun said Mara officials had informed her that the remains of Amirul Ashraff Md Azhar could only be sent back after Australian coroners completed an autopsy.
"We have also offered to fly his parents to Australia but they have asked Mara to assist them in bringing home his remains," she said after attending high-tea in conjunction with a visit by 70 Mara students yesterday.
Mara officials, she added, had visited Amirul Ashraff's family in Perak immediately upon receiving news of the incident.
"Officers were on hand to give the parents moral support as well as to see what could be done to help them in these trying times," she said.
The media reported that based on information from the authorities, 22-year-old Amirul Ashraff had fallen off the building he was staying in.
The Mara-sponsored student was in his final year in mechatronics engineering at University of Technology Sydney.
News reports had also quoted the victim's father, Md Azhar Abdullah, as saying that his son had told him that he (Amirul Ashraff) had failed five subjects and would be appealing to Mara to allow him to retake the subjects.
To this, Rina said: "Yes, he had appealed and his appeal was already approved."
In Taiping, Md Azhar, 48, said his son was a good boy who had set a good example for his two younger siblings, Bernama reported.
"We are deeply saddened by his passing but it's the will of God," he said at his home in Rancangan Perkampungan Tersusun Tekah, Asam Kumbang.
Md Azhar also said his son's friends had contacted him, telling him that Amirul Ashraff had no problems and that he had earlier celebrated his birthday with them.