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Children in the dark about parents’ fate

ALOR SETAR: The five children of two teachers who were killed in a road accident in Alor Punti, Pendang, are still in the dark about their parents’ tragic deaths.

Their aunt Mazrinawati Mohd Noor (pic), 37, said family members had withheld the news about the passing of Mohd Padzil Rashid, 50, and Masmiwaza Mohd Noor, 42, on Saturday as the children were still traumatised.

“They are still in pain from their injuries.

“We have no choice but to keep their parents’ deaths from them as they are also emotionally unstable,” she said after visiting the children, who were being treated at Sultan­ah Bahi­yah Hospital here.

The children – Mai­sarah, 14, Masyitah, 12, twins Muhammad Asyraf and Muham­mad Akmal, 11, and Munirah, seven – suffered severe injuries.

Mohd Padzil and Masmiwaza were teachers at SMK Pendang and SMK Tobiar, respectively.

Mazrinawati also said when Maisarah asked relatives about her mother, they were forced to evade her questions.

“Munirah also kept crying and asking for her mother. We calmed her down by saying her mother would come to see her soon.

“She has no appetite and refuses to see any outsiders,” she said.

She added that Maisarah had fractured both her legs, while Masyitah fractured her right leg.

Munirah sustained injuries on her face and eyes, while the twin brothers had internal injuries.

“We plan to tell the children the truth when their condition im­proves and they are ready,” Mazrinawati said.

On the custody of the children, she said it would be decided later.

“We will ask them who they wish to stay with before any decisions are made,” she said.

Another aunt, who did not wish to be identified, said Muhammad Asyraf told his relatives he was conscious when the accident happened.

“He said his father’s car collided with a lorry and that he fell on the floor of the car and screamed for help, but he couldn’t rem­ember what happened later,” she said.

It was reported yesterday that Mohd Padzil was killed on the spot, while Masmi­waza died on the way to the hospital.

Their Perodua Alza collided with a cement trailer at Jalan Alor Punti in Pendang at 11.30pm on Saturday.

It is believed that the car skidded and veered to the opposite side of the road before colliding head-on with the trailer.

Pendang district police chief Deputy Supt Fadzil Hashim said the case would be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving.

“The driver of the trailer escaped unhurt and has come forward to assist in the investigation,” he said yesterday.-thestar

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