Man's close call from being buried under landslide

Azahar Hashim

BANDAR BAHARU: ‘‘If I had been there even five minutes earlier, I would have been buried by the landslide.’’ said 20-year-old Mohamad Azmi Nawawi who narrowly escaped a landslide with his 12-year-old niece in Taman Serdang, here last night.

In the 10pm incident, Azmi was on his way home after picking up his niece at around 10pm from tuition at SK Selama, when suddenly he noticed two of the three motorcycles in front of his car suddenly vanish.

“A motorcyclist ran towards my car and told me there was a landslide ahead. He said two of his friends had fallen into the three metre high mud hole. Luckily I had not passed the road a few minutes earlier,” he said when met at the scene near Sri Serdang hall, earlier this morning. He said the two boys who were riding in front of him were not as lucky.

Fire and Rescue Department officers were rushed to the scene to rescue the boys but they were too late.

The deceased were identified as Muhammad Haikal Hakimi Mohd Noor and his friend, Mohamad Haziq Ishak, both Form Five students at SMK Serdang Baru. Azmi said he and a few other villagers had tried to save the boys to no avail.

“We were also worried that there may be soil movement and feared a second landslide,” he said, adding that both the deceased were childhood friends from the same village, Kampung Leret, and many people knew them. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd