Fishermen recover body of drowned Malaysian man

Abdul Talib’s wife Abidah Atin clutching daughters Nurul Umairah (left) and Nurul Huda upon hearing the news of the discovery.

PASIR GUDANG - Fishermen have discovered a body believed to be that of a maintenance supervisor who was swept away by strong currents while trying to save his drowning son last Saturday.

The body, believed to be that of Abdul Talib Mohd Hadhari, 42, was found in Singapore waters at around 11.25am Monday.

Abdul Talib, together with his eight-year-old son Mohd Taufik, had disappeared after they were swept away by strong currents at around 4.30pm at Kampung Tanjung Langsat on Satuday.

The two, along with Abdul Talib's 11-year-old daughter Nurul Umairah, had been fishing on a wooden raft house when the incident occurred.

Seri Alam deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Saifi Abd Hamid said the body had been sent to a hospital in Singapore.

"The Singapore coastguard informed us that the body was found together with an identification card which matched the victim but we still need the next-of-kin to verify it," he said when contacted.

He said that authorities were still searching for Mohd Taufik.

Meanwhile, Abdul Talib's wife and children, who have been waiting at the jetty in Kampung Tanjung Langsat, broke down in tears after hearing the news.

"The last time that I heard from my father was when he sent me a text message saying that he loved me and my siblings very much," said Nurul Huda, 18, who is the second of Abdul Talib's four children.