BATU CAVES: It was a sombre affair at the funeral of Mohammad Ezzaq Azumi, one of the two victims who drowned while swimming at the Cunca Wulang waterfalls in the Mibeliling district in Flores, Indonesia on Saturday.
Ezzaq’s mother, Nik Rozaini Nik Mohd Nawi, 46, said she last heard from her 23-year-old son two days before learning he was missing.
“We were still hoping for the best until we were told that his body was found on Sunday,” she said when met at her house in Taman Seri Gombak on Monday night.
Nik Rozaini said she was reluctant to let her son go on the trip but was assured that everything would be fine.
“He said he had planned the trip for about a year and had postponed it a few times.
“Seeing how excited he was, I finally gave him my blessing. I accept that this as part of God’s plans for us,” she said.
Ezzaq, the second of two siblings, was laid to rest Taman Bukit Permata Muslim Cemetery at about 10.30pm.
Meanwhile, Ezzaq’s friend, Mohamad Azfar Tahir, 23, who also drowned in the incident, will be laid to rest on Tuesday.
Azfar and Ezzaq together with two other friends, Mohamad Qayyum Pirdous, 23, from Perak, and Mohamad Imran Helmy Had, 23, from Kuala Lumpur, left for Indonesia on April 11.
It was learnt that Azfar had gone for a swim as soon as they arrived, and when he did not surface, their guide Wenseslaus Hendro Akung went in to look for him.
However, when Wenseslaus started struggling, Mohammad Ezzaq jumped in to help.
In the end, all three disappeared under the surface of the water.
Qayyum, who witnessed what happened, went in search of help and managed to contact the police.
Search-and-rescue efforts began at 3pm on Saturday but were halted at 5pm when it became dark.
The operation resumed at 6am on Sunday and all the bodies were found at the bottom of the waterfall by 1pm.