Johor bus crash: 3 among the dead were to get married next year

Johor bus crash: 3 among the dead were to get married next year
Heartbreaking news: Laila Kasdi (left), mother of Nor Saidatul and Jamiah Saiman, mother of Nur Amira, crying as they are consoled by a relative at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

MUAR: Three factory workers who were among the 14 victims who died in the fatal bus accident were supposed to tie the knot with their respective partners next year.

One the victims, Nor Saidatul Akmal Idris, 21, who worked in an electronics factory in Senai near Johor Baru was supposed to wed her colleague Mohd Hanizan Othman, 30, next month.

Mohd Hanizan said most of the wedding preparations were almost completed and their wedding invitation cards were ready for distribution to relatives and friends.

14 on KL-Johor bus die in Christmas Eve crash

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    Burial of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa, 21, together with her mother Faridah Binte Tamron (not in picture), 63.

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    More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery.

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    About 70 of their relatives, including Madam Faridah's son and another daughter, gathered under a scorching sun at around 1pm.

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    Top to bottom: Hamimah Binte Mammu, Faridah Binte Tamron, Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa.

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    Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.

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    Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.

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    Three schoolmates of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa who were there to pray for their departed friend.

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    13 people including the bus driver were killed and 17 others injured when the express bus they were travelling in skidded and plunged off a 6.09m cliff in Muar, Johor on Dec 24, 2016.

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    Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital (HPSF) in Muar.

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    The incident took place at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangah, Pagoh near Muar at around 4am.

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    Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.

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    He said 25 firemen from the Muar, Bukit Gambit and Yong Peng stations were deployed to the location after receiving the distress call at around 4am.

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    Mohd Yusof said initial investigation showed that the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.

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    Family members of the victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

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    Family members of the bus accident victims waiting outside the ward of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar at 8.51pm on Dec 24 2016.

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    The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.

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    The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.

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    The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.

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    The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.

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    Businessman Yusof Sabda, 54, cousin of Singaporean victim Ms Hamimah Mammu.

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    Mr Steven Chong, 52, a representative of the Goldstar Exprese bus company. He said his company would help the families with the costs of bringing back the body, as well as insurance claims, but could not yet confirm whether it would be providing any other compensation to the families.

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    Body of Ms Au Poi Kiew being loaded onto the hearse.

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    Relatives of Ms Au Poi Kiew loading her body onto the hearse.

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    Muhd Haikal Bin Syed, (right, walking out) 23, NSF, and Muhd Shamir Bin Syed, (wiping eye) 21, ITE student, both sons of Ms Hamimah Mammu after looking at the body of their mother.

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    Mr Yusof, cousin of Ms Hamimah Mammu, waving at the hearse after the body of Ms Hamimah was loaded onto it.

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    Relatives of Ms Hamimah Mammu hugging after the body was loaded onto the hearse.

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    Entrance of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

Nor Saidatul was on board the ill-fated bus with her friend, Nur Amira Izzaty Razip, 22, who was also engaged to be married and both of them were on their way to Negri Sembilan to attend another friend's wedding.

"Nor Saidatul was supposed to go for her dress fitting on Sunday," Mohd Hamizan told reporters at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital forensic unit yesterday.

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"I had a minor disagreement with her before she boarded the bus at around 1.30am yesterday and did not contact her ever since," he said, adding that he found out about the incident at around 11am when Nor Saidatul's brother contacted him.

Nur Amira's fiance Hary Ramlan, 26, said he was reluctant to allow her to attend her friend's wedding in Negri Sembilan as he was worried about her safety.

"We have been together for five years and have been engaged since May. We were supposed to get married in May next year," said Hary.

He said Nur Amira, the first daughter of six siblings, did something that was out of character when she suddenly asked him for forgiveness last week.

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"I had dropped her and Nor Saidatul off at the bus terminal at around 9pm and we WhatsApped until about 1am.

"During our conversation, she mentioned that she had a feeling of going away for a while," he said.

V. Srinivasan, 30, the brother to the third victim 25-year-old V. Renugah, said that his sister, a factory worker in Singapore was supposed to tie the knot in March next year.

Sorrowful ending: Keseven and fiancee Renugah in happier times. Renugah died in the accident.Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

"My sister was travelling home with her fiance, Keseven, for our family gathering at our home in Taman Bayu Perdana, Klang," he said, adding that she was the youngest among three siblings.

"She called my mother before boarding the bus asking her to prepare her favourite vegetarian curry."

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