SHAH ALAM – “She was like a second mother to us,” cried the younger sister of Siti Nurolshlizan Zolkifli, 37, one of the Malaysian pilgrims killed in the crane collapse tragedy in Makkah on Friday.
Siti Sarah, 30, said that it was to her older sister that all her six siblings expressed their feelings and brought all their problems to.
“She was ever ready in motivating us and smart in lifting our spirits when we were beset by problems. She was gentle and understanding, we will definitely miss her,” she sobbed when met at her home in Denai Alam, here today.
Siti Nurolshlizan leaves behind husband Mohd Fazlin Ismail, 37, and three children, Siti Nurul Najihah, 14, Siti Nurul Nadiah, 10, and Eiman Basheer, five.
Siti Sarah said news of her sister’s demise was conveyed to the family by Tabung Haji who contacted Mohd Fazlin about 11.30pm yesterday.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said so far, five pilgrims from Malaysia had died in the tragedy.
Besides Siti Nurolshlizan, the others confirmed dead are Rohana Ismail, 54, Munah Jusoh, 73, Rusiah Suar, 56 and Zainun Taha, 69.
Siti Sarah said, a few days before the incident, her sister had contacted her and the family to say that she was praying in front of the ‘Kaabah’ begging that their mother, Siti Aisah Sheikh Hussin, 63, would also be given the opportunity to perform the Hajj.
“Thanks to Allah the prayer was answered, not long after my sister told us, the Tabung Haji contacted mother informing that she had been chosen to perform the Haj, and asked her to prepare her things.
“… and as per my sister’s dream my mother will be going to the Holy Land soon,” she said with her eyes filled with tears.
Siti Nurolshlizan went on the pilgrimage with her father, Zolkifli Yusoff, 62, on a flight on Wednesday and was expected to return home on Oct 16. – BERNAMA