JOHOR BARU: The remains of a 26-year-old fruit picker from Johor, who drowned in a river in Victoria, Australia two weeks ago, will be repatriated tomorrow.
The body of Muhammad Farhan Na’imullah Zubir, which is currently being kept at a funeral parlour in Melbourne, will be flown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) via a Bangkok Airways cargo flight, after which it would be transported to Johor.
Farhan’s aunt, Zariah Ahmad, 46, said arrangements were made for Farhan’s remains to arrive at KLIA at 11.55am tomorrow.
“The cargo flight from Melbourne will depart at 1.30am (on Thursday), and arrive in Bangkok at 5.40am. It will continue its journey at 8.45am and arrive in KLIA at 11.55am.
“Farhan’s younger sibling and I will be at the airport to accompany his
remains to Johor Baru,” Zariah told the New Straits Times yesterday.
She said a solat jenazah (funeral prayer) would be performed by a congregation at Surau Bilal Mahmood in Kampung Baru here, located near Farhan’s home.
“If the body arrives after 3pm, we will perform the solat jenazah at the Taman Orkid surau, which is nearer to where he will be buried at the Bukit Aliff Muslim cemetery,” said Zariah.
Farhan, who is the second of seven siblings, had drowned on Dec 13 when swimming in the Ovens River near Myrtleford, 274km northeast of Melbourne.
His body was recovered by a rescue team six hours after he was swept away by strong currents in the 2pm (11am Malaysia time) incident that day.
Farhan’s family, who initially had problems footing the RM50,000
bill to repatriate his remains, received help from members of the public, family members and organisations.
The Seni Silat Cekak Pusaka Hanafi group, where Farhan had served as an instructor during his college days at Kolej Universiti Insaniah in Kedah, contributed RM11,000. Farhan’s family also received RM10,000 from the Johor Islamic Religious Council.