KEMAMAN – Teacher Nurhayati Sulong is no more. But, her last act before she drowned in the floods ravaging Terengganu reflected the selfless person that she was.
Even as the floodwaters were rising, Nurhayati had gone back to her house to retrieve the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination papers that she had to mark.
This was related to reporters today by Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.
“I am touched by her act. She had gone back home to retrieve the SPM papers. That was a huge sacrifice. She was a great teacher,” he said.
Ahmad Razif was at the Kemaman Hospital to pay his last respects to Nurhayati’s husband, Suhaimi Awang, 37, who drowned along with Nurhayati, also 37, when the boat evacuating them capsized after encountering a whirlpool last Wednesday at Kampung Che Akob here.
Suhaimi’s body was recovered today. The body of Nurhayati, who was a teacher at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Geliga, was found yesterday.
The couple leave behind six children, namely Nor Syafiqah Syahira, 12; Nor Izah Insyriah, 11; Muhammad Ifran Irshad, nine; Nur Intisar Iedihar, six; Muhammad Aqil Amsyar, four, and Nor Adifa Arissa, four months.
Ahmad Razif said the state government would take of their children’s welfare and education.
“We will decided on the special aid for the children after the funeral,” he said.
Suhaimi’s mother, Zariah Awang Jusoh, 70, said the family was to have joined a reunion at Sekolah Menengah Agama Al Falah Kemaman last Thursday and gone on a holiday to Johor yesterday. – BERNAMA