DUNGUN (Bernama) – “They were supposed to start school tomorrow, but now all my three children are gone, just like that.”
Such was the pain and grief of 42-year-old Zawawi Abd Wahab, whose daughters Nurain Fatma Zawawi, 10, Nurain Sofia, eight, and Nurain Sasabila, six, were found drowned in Sura Tengah Beach in Malaysia yesterday morning.
The agony and despair of losing the three children all at once was just too much to bear not only for Zawawi, but also for their distraught mother Nur Syahida Abdullah, 36, as well as for relatives and those present at the Dungun Hospital, including members of the media.
“The last time I saw them alive was when I took them to their school at Sekolah Kebangsaan Perol, Kelantan, to get their text books yesterday (Sunday) morning,” Zawawi said.
He said they had just returned home to Kampong Peringat in Kelantan from a family holiday in Hatyai, Thailand, last Saturday, and his children decided to join their aunt Suriani Abdullah, 41, for an outing with several other family members to Dungun, Terengganu.
“My wife and I were not keen to follow them as we were tired and wanted to get some things done at home as the first day of school (in the east coast) starts tomorrow. All their school preparations were complete,” he said.
In the incident at about 6.40pm last Sunday, the three girls were swept away by waves while playing on the beach.
Dungun District Police Chief Superintendant Baharudin Abdullah said the body of Nurain Sofia was found at 7.48am about five kilometres from the scene, while the body of Nurain Sasabila was found at 9.40am, about one kilometre away. The body of the eldest sister Nurain Fatma was found by passers-by at the beach, about five kilometres from the scene at 11.03am.