TAMPIN: Former national sprinter Datuk Rabuan Pit had said his grandniece once asked him how she can become a great athlete.
He recalled that late Nur Afini Roslan, 14, who was killed after a blade from a grass mower struck her head, was a budding athlete and was keen on becoming a sprint athlete.
“Nur Afini called me Pak Wan and she was always asking me how to be a faster runner. She wanted to become like her Pak Wan. She also wanted to be a policewoman,” he said after attending the funeral of his grandniece at the Kampung Felda Kelamah muslim cemetary on Tuesday evening.
Rabuan said the conversation took place during Hari Raya AidilFitri, last year.
Nur Afini's father, Roslan Samat, 55, said he and his family are leaving it to the police and the Education Ministry to investigate the matter thoroughly.
He added that his late daughter has been active in archery since the age of 10.
The fourth of five siblings represented Pahang in the sport before she moved to Gemas last month.
“I was just thinking of registering her as an archery athlete in Negri Sembilan. I did not expect such an incident to take place,” he said.