KUALA LUMPUR: Promising singer Aina Abdul may have wowed the crowd in Anugerah Juara Lagu 34 (AJL34), but a painful memory flashed on her mind during her performance.
In an Instagram post yesterday, the Negri Sembilan-born singer-songwriter who received a standing ovation for her song Sumpah, said that the experience of seeing her father breathe his last "haunted" her on stage.
Aina, 27, said: "Abah's passing was tragic and I'll never forget it. I was 15 then and participating in a singing contest.
"Abah decided to wait for me in the car, but shortly after I finished my song, he suffered breathing difficulties.
"Mak drove the car quickly to the hospital, but it was too late, abah breathed his last on my lap.
"I'll never forget that tragic moment when he passed away in the car."
Aina said that her father was 55 and suffered from a heart ailment, high blood pressure and diabetes. He also had one of his legs amputated.
"Memories of that sad moment flashed on my mind when I sang the first and last note of my song that night. It is a moment that will always haunt me."
Netizens expressed their support and sympathy for Aina.
"Well done Aina. Loved your performance. Sabar ya," said Asri.
"You're the best Aina. My prayers for your late father," said Fahmi.
"Kuatkan hati sis! We'll always pray for your dad," said Mustar.
Sumpah, which Aina also wrote and composed, was the second of 12 performances during the 150-minute concert held at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil here last Sunday.
Aina was one of two female singers in AJL34, the other being Ernie Zakri who performed Ku Bersuara.
AJL34's top winner was Naim Daniel's song Sumpah, while Aman Ra's Bangun and Bob Yusof's Anta Permana finished second and third respectively.
Hafiz Suip won Best Vocals and Best Performance for Kisah Cinta Kita.