Thursday, October 03, 2013

I Never Expected My Son To Suffer The Same Fate As His Team Mate - Asmu'i's Mother

DUNGUN, Oct 2 (Bernama) -- Kuntum Yusof, 63, the mother of cyclist Mohd Asmu'i Ali @ Awang who died in a freak accident during training said she never expected her son to suffer the same fate as his team mate who was also killed during training, about four months ago.

Asmu'i, a Terengganu rider who was in a convoy of 15 cyclists, heading to Sepang, Selangor, died in a freak accident at Km71, Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan, here, Wednesday.

On June 6, a Terengganu state junior cyclist, Mohd Shafiq Imran Syahril, 15, was also killed during training when he crashed into an oncoming lorry while training with 40 other junior riders near Kampung Gemuruh, Tepuh, Terengganu.

In the earlier accident, one of the cyclists had hit a pothole, causing the others to swerve into the opposite lane and into the path of the lorry and Mohd Shafiq was dragged by the lorry for several metres and succumbed to his injuries on the way to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah hospital.

Two other cyclists, aged 14 and 19, suffered minor bruises while the rest were unhurt.

Kuntum said Asmu'i had told her about the accident that killed his team mate because he too was among those in training that but never expected he too would be killed in a similar incident.

She said there was no changes of any sort when her youngest son left the house for training after having Nasi Lemak for breakfast.

"Before going out he kissed my hand and said he will be cycling to Sepang and I told him to be careful. I then went to the hospital to collect my medicine and returned home at about 11.30am.

"I saw a lot of people in my house but did not suspect anything," she said when met at the Dungun Hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile, fellow rider Mohd Fahmi Irfan Ahmad Zailani, 20, said after stopping at a Shell station they continued riding fast to catch up with the leading group.

However, Asmu'i said he was intending to take a ride in the van as he was tired and we thought he was just joking.

"I thought he was joking but never expected to leave us forever," he said.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Pro Asia (TSG) riders Mohd Harrif Salleh and Mohd Saufi Mat Senan were among those who were at the Dungun Hospital.

-- BERNAMA

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