Muar bus crash victims buried side by side at Choa Chu Kang cemetery

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SINGAPORE - More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died in Saturday morning's bus crash at the North-South Expressway near Muar in Johor gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery to bid them a final farewell.

Madam Faridah Tamron, 63, and her daughter, Nur Hazimah Mustafa, 21, were laid to rest side by side on Sunday (Dec 25), having been brought back from Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar in the early hours of the morning.

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

Missing from the sombre joint funeral were Madam Faridah's husband Mustafa Yasin, 63, and Ms Nur Hazimah's husband Muhammad Fitri, 23. Both injured in the crash, they are understood to be in hospital in Singapore, having also been transferred from Sultanah Fatimah hospital earlier in the morning.

Shortly after the funerals at about 1.45pm, some 50 relatives of Madam Hamimah Mammu, another Singaporean who perished in the Christmas eve accident arrived at the cemetery.

Madam Hamimah was laid to rest beside Madam Faridah and Ms Nur Hazimah.

Among those present were two of Madam Hamimah's sons, age 21 and 23, who had not been on the bus.

The two had been at the Sultanah Fatimah hospital's mortuary the previous evening.

Madam Hamimah's husband Mohamed Syed, son Muhammad Hilmi, 16, and daughter Alifah, 13, were all injured in the crash. They are also understood to be in hospital here.

The crash cost the lives of 14 people, while 16 were injured. A fourth victim from Singapore who died in the crash is permanent resident Au Poi Kiew, who hailed from Seremban.

The coach bus they were in had departed from JB Sentral in Johor Baru and had been en route to Kuala Lumpur's Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Bus Terminal when it fell off the North- South Expressway at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangar, Pagoh, near Muar, at about 4am.

The bus driver and his baby daughter died, while his wife was injured.

14 on KL-Johor bus die in Christmas Eve crash

  • Burial of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa, 21, together with her mother Faridah Binte Tamron (not in picture), 63.
  • More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery.
  • About 70 of their relatives, including Madam Faridah's son and another daughter, gathered under a scorching sun at around 1pm.
  • Top to bottom: Hamimah Binte Mammu, Faridah Binte Tamron, Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Three schoolmates of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa who were there to pray for their departed friend.
  • 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.
  • Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital (HPSF) in Muar.
  • The incident took place at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangah, Pagoh near Muar at around 4am.
  • Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.
  • 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.
  • Mohd Yusof said initial investigation showed that the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.
  • Family members of the victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.
  • 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.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • Businessman Yusof Sabda, 54, cousin of Singaporean victim Ms Hamimah Mammu.
  • 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.
  • Body of Ms Au Poi Kiew being loaded onto the hearse.
  • Relatives of Ms Au Poi Kiew loading her body onto the hearse.
  • 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.
  • Mr Yusof, cousin of Ms Hamimah Mammu, waving at the hearse after the body of Ms Hamimah was loaded onto it.
  • Relatives of Ms Hamimah Mammu hugging after the body was loaded onto the hearse.
  • Entrance of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.
 


This article was first published on December 25, 2016.
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