Son never expected video call to be last conversation with mother

MANJUNG: Ahmad Shahful Osman Azmi never thought that the video call he had last night with his mother Fatimah Mohd Ali would be the last time that they would speak to one another after she was killed in a road accident along Jalan Beruas-Ipoh here earlier today.

In the tragic accident at around 8.30am, Fatimah, 64, died after the Perodua Kelisa she was driving was hit head on by a van. The impact of the crash caused the car to land in a ditch.

The accident also claimed the life of Fatimah's neighbour, Mohd Ibrahim Md Deram, 77.

The other occupants in the Kelisa, Fatimah's husband Osman Azmi Chulan, 70, ended up with a broken right leg as Mohd Ibrahim's daughter, Fazlina Mohd Ibrahim was left seriously injured.

According to Fatimah's son, Ahmad Shahful, 30, he found out about the devastating news at around 9am while at work in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

"One of my friends who lives in our Kampung broke thenews to me this morning.

"It was so hard to believe initially because we just talked via video call only last night.

"My late mother even joked with me and talked to her youngest grandchild, Nur Arisa Adelia Ahmad Shahful who is only 2-years-old," he said when met at Hospital Seri Manjung's Forensics Department today.

It is understood that Fatimah was on the way to bring Osman to the Klinik Kesihatan Beruas for his health check-up.

Ahmad Shahful said that his mother was a very positive, jovial and helpful person who looked forward to helping neighbours and friends if and when they needed help.

"Because our mother can drive, she always offers to help the neighbours or anyone who is in need. Sometimes she would drive them for check-ups at the hospital or clinic, or even drive and accompany her friends to the market.

"Before this our mother would inform us if and when they were to go anywhere, but oddly enough they did not today," he said.

According to the youngest of three siblings, the last time he returned and saw both his parents was during the holidays at the end of last month.

"Yesterday, I had told my mother that we will come back next Sunday. But what has happened has been fated by Allah S.W.T.

"Forgive me mother, I won't be able to see you again," Ahmad Shahful cried out.

According to Ahmad Shahful, his mother's remains will be laid to rest at the Kampung Buluh Akar Muslim cemetery in Parit.

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