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Dad in anguish over argument


LANGKAWI: THE father of accident victim Yasmin Johan, 17, who died with two friends while they were on a midnight trip to Kuah on a motorcycle, is blaming himself for the incident.

Johan Eusoff Abdullah, 44, could not forgive himself for the loss of his daughter, who is the eldest of four siblings.

She left their house in Taman Seri Aman, here, following an argument with her father over her hesitation in sharing her room with her younger sister, Ayesha, 11.

The others killed in the accident, which took place on Sunday, were Nor Hazwani Mansor, 16, and Nur Afipah Aaina Ridzwan, 16.

The schoolgirls sustained head and body injuries when their motorcycle collided with a rented tourist van at the Padang Gaung traffic lights, here.

Johan said the argument started about 11pm when he told Yasmin to share her room with her younger sister.

"She refused, but I insisted as her younger sister had grown up and it was not proper for her to sleep in the hall or anywhere else," said Johan, a hotel human resources director.

While he was fixing the bed for his younger daughter, Yasmin got angry.

She threw an object at him and hit a table before running out of the house barefooted.

"Her brother, Muiz Johan, 15, tried chasing after her but failed.

"My wife (Sazlina Shahriman Shah, 44) had wanted to look for her, but I stopped her from doing so.

"I thought my action would teach Yasmin a lesson after what she had done to her sister.

"I don't know why, but I could not find any other bedsheet except for a plain white one."

An hour later, Johan received a call informing him about the fatal incident.

"My heart shattered once I heard the news.

"I rushed to the scene and saw my daughter lying motionless on the ground.

"My wife tried to console mesaying that it wasn't my fault, but deep down, I still cannot accept that my daughter is gone and it was all because of the small argument we had."

Nur Hazwani's father, Mansor Md Nanyan, 47, said his daughter had informed him that she was borrowing her sister's motorcycle to pick up her friends for supper.

"She was supposed to send them home after that."

Johan Eusoffe Abdullah and Yasmin Johan

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