Mother pines for son feared drowned near Pangkor

Noor Hidayah Tanzizi

MANJUNG: Muniroh Muhammad, 55, is still hopeful that her son, Khairolafni Ahmad Ghani, 31, who is feared drowned during a fishing trip near Pangkor Island on March 4, will be found.

"As a mother, my instincts tell me that he is still alive. However, I will accept it as fate if this is proven otherwise, and hope that his remains will be found soon.

"I have since retraced my son’s steps to the fishing site where he was reported to have fallen from the boat. I cried the whole time as I prayed for Khairolafni at the location. I also recited the Yasin and prayed that he would be found," she said when contacted.

Khairolafni, a mechanic, is believed to have fallen off his boat seven nautical miles (12.96km) off Pangkor Island, while on a fishing trip with eight friends.

Muniroh said she still keeps the shirt her son had worn before the fishing trip.

A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) spokesman said the search-and-rescue operation for Khairolafni was called off after seven days without any leads.

"However, our assets were ordered to keep a lookout if they pass the area. We will return to the site should there be any new leads," he said.