SEPANG: The body of Abdul Amzar Azim Azmi, the Malaysian student who drowned in Lake Karapiro in New Zealand on Feb 26, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 8.54pm today.
Assembled at the airport were family members, relatives, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) lecturers and Majlis Amanah Rakyat Malaysia (MARA) representatives.
Abdul Amzar's body which was flown in from Auckland, New Zealand via Malaysia Airlines flight MH 130.
The hearse transporting his body to his hometown in Kedah was seen leaving the complex about 10.30pm.
The hearse is scheduled to arrive at the family's house about 4am. The burial will take place about 10am or before Friday prayers.
UniKL Mechanical Engineering Faculty Dean Prof Dr Jamel Othman said Azim was one of their top students.
"He and his friends always went to Lake Karapiro to exercise and swim.
"According to his friends who were with him that day, they said he was trying to stay afloat when he suddenly sank to the bottom," he said when met at the KLIA mosque.
Abdul Amzar's body was discovered by local authorities a day after he went missing.
The third-year MARA-sponsored student was studying Mechanical Engineering in Waikato Uninversity, Hamilton.
His sister, Aziatul Farisha Azmi, 19, said the last time she met her brother was on Feb 21 when she sent him off at the Bandar Tasik Selatan integrated terminal as he left for New Zealand.
"I noticed he was quieter and liked to keep to himself when he was spent his semester break at home in Kedah recently.
Aziatul Farisha said her brother was a role model for his siblings as he was diligent and studied hard.