Condolences pour in for Noramfaizul’s family
SERDANG: The family home of Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, the 39-year-old BernamaTV cameraman who was killed by a stray bullet in Somalia, was a scene of grief and sorrow.
Close family members gathered at Noramfaizul's house in Serdang upon hearing the news on Friday night, while members of the media fraternity also made their way there early yesterday to convey their condolences.
Noramfaizul's mother, Naemah Abd Majid, wept uncontrollably as she spoke to the press about her only son, who was the eldest of six children.
“He was a family man. He was very close to us even though he was already married with kids,” Naemah said, adding that her son, believed to be the first Malaysian reporter to die in combat zone, had spoken to her on Hari Raya Eve and told her there was a curfew imposed at the place where he stayed.
“He asked us to pray for their safety. When he went to Gaza last year, he even called me just to tell me that the sambal I made for him had run out. Everyone knows him as a joker.”
Naemah said it was not the first time Noramfaizul had gone for assignments in dangerous areas, as he had been to Gaza and Pakistan before.
Noramfaizul's family performed prayers yesterday morning.
Among those who visited the house to convey their condolences were Bernama general manager Datuk Hasnul Hassan and editor-in-chief Datuk Yong Soo Heong, and Bernama TV Synergy Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin,
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also telephoned Noramfaizul's father, Mohd Nor Mat Yassin at about 11am to convey his condolences.
In Johor Baru, Noramfaizul's wife Norazrina Jaafar, 37, said she had never tried to stop her husband from performing his duties as a cameraman even though he had to go through risky situations.
She said this was the second time that Noramfaizul was away from the family during Hari Raya and she never expected such a tragedy would happen.
“Last Hari Raya, he was called for an assignment in Palestine and this time it was Somalia,” she said.
Norazrina said her husband had contacted his parents on Hari Raya and sent his regards to the rest of the family.
“The last time I spoke to him was before he left,” she said, adding that she would now concentrate on taking care of her two sons Mohd Irfan, eight, and Mohd Naufal, three.
Meanwhile, Noramfaizul's brother-in-law, Faizul Azmi Jaafar, 41, said the whole family was having their dinner when they received a call about the cameraman being shot.
“We are all still in shock,” he said, adding that Noramfaizul was dedicated to his job and never said no to an assignment.
Noramfaizul's remains will be buried at the Universiti Putra Malaysia Muslim cemetery in Serdang near here today after zohor prayers.