Thursday, September 24

Silat group tragedy: Another victim succumbs to injuries

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ALOR SETAR: Another victim in the accident that killed five silat instructors yesterday succumbed to his injuries yesterday nearly 24 hours after being admitted at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, here, increasing  the death toll in the tragedy to six.

Che Ishak Hussin, 55, of Kampung Tualang, Pokok Sena, died at 2am at the hospital’s intensive care unit, his eldest son Mohammad Zahir Che Ishak, 36, said.

“We were at his side when he breathed his last early yesterday. We accept his death as fated,” he said when met at the hospital.

The silat masters were travelling home in a group of nine after a silat performance in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, when the van they were travelling in skidded and rammed a tree in Jalan Titi Haji Idris, Pendang, at about 3.30am.

Jumaat alias Saad Mat Akir, 62, of Jitra, Juhari Darus, 65, of Kodiang, and Ahmad Ismail, 65, of Langgar, died on the spot, while Sudin Deris, 65, of Langgar and Ishak Awang Kechik alias Hanafiah, 78, of Pokok Sena, died at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

Mohammad Zahir said his father was active in the Rela Bakti Silat Association and played the serunai and drum during silat performances.

Che Ishak’s friend Johari Arifin, 54, said the death of the silat masters were a great loss to the Malay martial art fraternity. — Bernama