Hatyai Shooting Victim Laid To Rest



BALIK PULAU, May 18 – The body of Mohd Nizam Ahmad Basrah, 28, who was shot dead at Phadungpakdee Road, Hatyai, Thailand on May 16 was laid to rest at the Sungai Pinang Muslim cemetery in Balik Pulau at 1.45am, Wednesday. Nizam’s father, Ahmad Basrah Awang, 49, and his family had gone to Hatyai on Tuesday afternoon to bring back his remains from a local hospital with the help of Kampung Sungai Pinang and Kampung Baru village security and development committee (JKKK) via the Bukit Kayu Hitam border entry.

“I am thankful that the Thailand government and authorities had given us full corporation to bring my son’s body. For those who had helped and supported us along the way, thank you so much,” he said while holding back his tears. The last time Basrah had seen his son was in April when he came home to visit his grandmother. He said he was close to him, but now he have to accept everything that had happened with an open heart.

Nizam has four other step siblings and was very close to his grandmother since he had stayed with her after his father re-married. Saadiah Abu, 80, who had raised Nizam since he was two months old, after his mother died, said she had lost the jewel of her life. She with teary eyes said there’s no word to describe how lonely she feel right now as it has always been her and him since the beginning. She said he had never left her alone and now he is gone, she feel so lost.

Nizam had told his grandmother that he was working in Singapore since early this year with a high-profile Malaysian who was a ‘Datuk’ but none of his family members were aware that he had gone to Hatyai for any specific purpose. Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah who visited the victim’s house thanked the villagers and the Malaysian consulate in Thailand who had helped speed up the process of releasing the body.

In additional, Hatyai police found the body of that Nizam who was gunned down while riding a motorcycle to his hotel and police are now identifying the motorcycle owner and going through the CCTV footage obtained from a nearby premises to identify the assailant.

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