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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Family mourns scholar killed in E. Java


KLANG: “I never thought my son would be returning home in a casket,” said the grief-stricken mother of 22-year-old medical student Adrian Jay Pereira (pic) who was slashed to death in Indonesia.
Mary Catherine De Cruz, 52, described Adrian as an obedient son who was an excellent student.
She said it would be painful to see her son's body when it arrives from Malang in East Java.
“He meant everything to me.
“Adrian always said he wanted to set up a clinic and provide free medical service to the needy,” she told reporters at her home here yesterday.
Adrian was the eldest of three siblings and had two sisters, aged 19 and 16.
He was slashed in the neck by a man who had earlier attempted to steal his motorcycle from his rented house at about 7pm on Monday.
Adrian was a Public Service Department scholar studying medicine at Universitas Brawijaya.
A total of 173 Malaysian students are in Malang with 161 studying at the university.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the ministry was saddened by Adrian's death.
“We have informed the Indonesian government that we would like their cooperation in ensuring the safety of all Malaysian students there,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The minister also conveyed his condolences to Adrian's family.
“We will help bring home his remains and bear the cost,” Mohamed Khaled said, advising students to prioritise safety at all times.
Mary Catherine said her only wish now was to see her son one last time.
“The embassy alerted us about the incident and until now, we are not really sure what actually happened.
“I just hope my son's body returns home without any problem,” she added.

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