BANGI, Malaysia - Despite being brutally attacked by their father, his daughters still miss him.
The two daughters of the man, who allegedly injured them after killing their seven-year-old sister, still want to meet him.
A neighbour and family friend, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, 50, said the two girls, aged 10 and 12, still want to see their father, who is currently in police custody at Kajang Hospital.
"It is a real shock to those who knew him. He loved his kids," Ahmad Shapawi said yesterday.
He said everyone in the neighbourhood was finding it difficult to come to terms with the tragedy.
"We have known the family for years. They are the most modest and soft-spoken family I know," he said.
Ahmad Shapawi rubbished talk that the man was a follower of deviant teachings.
"There is no way. He is a very religious man,'' he added.
Another neighbour, Rozitha Ramlee, 50, concurred, describing the man as a loving father who would never harm his children.
"I saw these children grow up and we know the family well,'' she said.
On Thursday, the seven-year-old girl was found dead and her two sisters injured at their house in Bandar Baru Bangi.
The man's 15-year-old daughter returned home at about 4.15pm and saw her sisters injured and their father holding a blood-stained machete in the living room.
She then called the police.