Saturday, July 31

Fallen hero’s widow hopes further bloodshed avoided

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KOTA KINABALU: Sumiati Suarah, the widow of the late Sergeant Baharin Hamit, wants the security forces in Lahad Datu to have high spirits and continue to defend the country.

Although saddened by the passing of her husband who was killed in a shootout with gunmen at Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul in Semporna recently, the 50-year-old mother of two children hoped the security forces could settle the matter as soon as possible and avoid further bloodshed.

“I hope this matter can be resolved soon without anymore bloodshed as what had happened to my late husband (Baharin),” she told reporters during a courtesy visit and handing-over of donations from the Royal Malaysia Police Department (PDRM) by Sabah Police Headquarters (IPK) at her family residence at Kampung Darau, Menggatal here yesterday.

State Deputy Commissioner of Police SAC II Datuk Tan Kok Liang, who led the visit, also presented a condolence letter from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to Baharin’s family.

Sumiati said the loss of her husband could still be felt especially on the coming birthday of their daughter, Nur Izzaty Syafiqah, 11, on March 25.

“My late husband had promised to come home and celebrate Izzaty’s birthday together as a family, like he had done in the past, but this…,” she said, holding back her tears.

The younger child, Izzaty, who was by her mother’s side, almost fainted as she could not bear the loss of her father and had to be comforted by members of family and police officers who were present.

Sumiati also thanked all parties, including Najib and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, for their support and contribution to her family.

“I am thankful to PM (Prime Minister) as well as to other parties for their contributions which will help us during this difficult moment,” she said.

Meanwhile, Baharin’s eldest son, Mohd Izzat Syafiq, 16, said he would take care of the family as he had promised to his late father.

“Before my father left for Lahad Datu, he told me to take care of myself and the family and I would hold on to that promise,” he said

“Although saddened by the loss of my father so suddenly, I am very proud of him and his courage in defending our country,” he said.