GUA MUSANG: All 15 bodies and skeletal remains of the Bateq Orang Asli tribe were buried in one grave at Kampung Kuala Koh cemetery here today.
Nearly 100 people attended the burial, which was handled by Kelantan Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK).
Present at the cemetery were Kelantan/Terengganu Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) director Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)'s operation co-ordinator director Ahmad Syahrizan Saidi and MAIK religious head Murtadha Abdullah.
Earlier, the bodies and skeletal remains, including that of a one-year-old boy, left Hospital Gua Musang's mortuary at about 8.40am in six vans.
From the mortuary, the bodies and remains were brought to Tengku Muhammad Faiz mosque for funeral prayers.
The prayers were performed by 50 people and led by the mosque's imam Othman Saufi.
The bodies were later taken to the cemetery located about 96km from the mosque.
Members of the media, however, were not allowed to attend the burial for safety reasons as Kuala Koh settlement is still declared as a “Red Zone:”.
The last Bateq Orang Asli tribe who died was identified as three-year-old Nasri Rosli. He died on June 17, eight days after being hospitalised at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru.
The others were Mek Nab Tebu, 63; Jais Keladi, 55; Laila Hamdan, 20; Puspa Lie, 5; and her one-year-old brother Amir Lie, Safia Papan, 18; her sister Fayah, 19; and two brothers Romi Hamdan, 25 and Din, 18; Farah Rahim, 32; and her 22-year-old sister Haika; Puja Jong, 21; one-year-old Mohd Salleh Khaizan, and Jelik Pong, whose age was unknown.
Kampung Kuala Koh was in the headlines recently following the death of 15 people from the Bateq Orang Asli tribe, while hundreds were hospitalised in two government hospitals in the state.
The deaths occurred between last month and last Monday. The Health Ministry had confirmed that their deaths were due to measles infection.