Sunday, September 4, 2011

Slain BernamaTV cameraman laid to rest

KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of mourners stood in the afternoon heat at Universiti Putra Malaysia mosque in Serdang Sunday to offer their final respects to BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor who was killed by a stray bullet in Somalia on Friday.
His colleague on the mission Khairul Anwar Yahya later returned the deceased's equipment and clothing to the family.
Earlier Sunday morning, Noramfaizul's remains arrived at the Subang RMAF base.
TV3 cameraman Aji Saregar Mazlan, who was injured in the incident in Somalia, was among those who flew home Sunday.
The remains of BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor arrived at the Subang RMAF base Sunday. He will be buried at the Universiti Putra Malaysia Muslim cemetery in Serdang after Zohor prayers.
The C-130 aircraft, which was also carrying the other members of the Putera 1Malaysia Club's humanitarian aid mission for Somali famine victims, touched down at the base about 10am.
The atmosphere at the base was sombre as Noramfaizul's body was received by family members, who had been waiting since 7am.
Also there were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wifeDatin Seri Rosmah MansorDeputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais YatimForeign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Noramfaizul's coffin, which was draped with a Jalur Gemilang, was later taken to the mosque at the Air Force base for prayers before being taken to his family home in Taman Serdang Raya.
Noramfaizul, 39, who was killed after being hit by a stray bullet on Friday night while travelling in a truck to Mogadishu's commercial centre to send visuals, will be buried at the Universiti Putra Malaysia Muslim cemetery in Serdang after Zohor prayers on Sunday.
Najib said the government would give financial aid, including education support, to help Noramfaizul's family but the amount has yet to be determined.
He described the incident as “unexpected" but said it was part of the risk of journalists working in hostile environments.
Najib said the incident would not stop Malaysia from sending humanitarian aid to conflict zones in the future. - theStarOnline

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