JITRA: The opening of the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth meeting was adjourned on a sad note today when the party’s division vice-chief was alerted to the sudden news of his son’s passing.
Datuk Aminuddin Omar, who was seated on the stage with other Kubang Pasu Umno leaders, was seen rushing out of the hall when Umno Youth vice-chief Senator Khairul Azwan Harun was delivering his opening speech at about 6.30pm.
Khairul immediately stopped his speech and opened the meeting after being informed about the tragic accident involving the eldest son of Aminuddin, who is also the state Youth and Sports Committee chairman.
The mood in the hall turned sombre when all 360 delegates recited prayers and observed a minute of silence.
Later, Khairul together with a few other leaders and members rushed to the Jitra Hospital’s morgue to pay last their respect to Muhammad Irfan Aminuddin, 20.
At the morgue, about 100 family members and friends together with Umno leaders and members including Kubang Pasu division chief Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharom, had gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased.
Irfan and his friend Wan Khuzairi Wan Chik, 27, who was behind the wheel, were killed after the Toyota Hilux they were in, skidded and crashed into a tree near Kampung Bendang Perang, Changlun here today.
The accident is believed to have occurred at 4.15pm when the duo was heading towards Changlun.
A Fire and Rescue Department team when responding to a distressed call on the accident found both men pinned to their seats.
The team had to use power tool to force open the Toyota Hilux’s door to extricate their bodies.
It was learnt that Irfan had just attended his cousin’s wedding reception as his best man at the Jitra Hall, which is near the scene of the accident.
Another cousin, Nurul Nabila Ghazali, 20, said she last saw Irfan on the dais with the couple at about 3pm.
According to Nabila, she only noticed Irfan was missing from the reception when they searched for him and his friend at 5pm for a family photoshoot.
“That was when we were informed by the groom about the accident and Irfan’s mother was with us too but at that time we did not know that he was killed.
“His mother almost fainted when she heard the news and all the family members at the reception, about 40 of us, dashed to the hospital.
“He was a nice and cheerful person. It never occurred to us that he will be leaving us this young.
“Both of us are studying at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Merbok and he was in his final year of the Public Administration Diploma programme,” she said, when met at the hospital.
The case was classified under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.