This blog entry is dedicated to Zul’s niece, Suri, who’s in Australia and his friends who could not make it there today.
I left home this morning to fetch my junior (by only 1 year), Noor at Section 13, Shah Alam. I’ve not met her since I left school in 1979, but Noor’s feature has not changed much so it was easy to recognise her 🙂 .
About an hour earlier I called Da (Zul’s missus) and was told that they were on the way to Balai Islam TNB, Jalan Bangsar.
So, Noor and I headed towards Kuala Lumpr. I was contemplating whether I should use the NPE or just stick to the Federal Highway. The traffic looked pretty smooth after the Batu 3 Toll, and since it was past 9am, I decided on the latter.
When we arrived at TNB, we were told by the guard that the van that carried Zul’s remains had just left for the cemetery only a couple of minutes earlier.
I then drove to the cemetery, and true enough when we parked the car, the special van had just opened it’s door. This was my first time visiting this cemetery. I guess that added up to the others that I’ve been before – Jalan Ampang Cemetery, Klang Cemetery and Shah Alam Cemetery (of course, these are all for Muslims in Klang Valley).
I carried my old Lumix, but I tried my best not to cause any discomfort or awkwardness, so I only took pictures very discretely.
Here’s the van:
It was a normal hot morning, with occasional cool cloudy intervals. You can see that in pix that do not have shadow.
As Zul’s remains was laid to rest:
Close family members sitting on the mat. Zul’s missus in white scarf:
From a slightly different angle:
I then moved to the back:
While the imam reading the talqin:
And others looked on:
His eldest child(son) pouring the rose water (he looks so much like Zul) as his little sister looked on:
Da getting ready to do the same (another daughter in the blue tudung, facing towards the camera):
Here’s K Ros as she turned around:
The girl in baju melayu is one of Zul’s daughters:
Zul’s younger sister:
Apart from family members, there were a lot of Zul’s officemates at the site who refused to leave the place. Here are some of them:
Another one of the family members I think:
I think it was about this time that we were informed of the tahlil tonight
Eventually friends started to say goodbye to Da, with comforting words, of course. I took this shot:
Noor then went to meet Da, followed by me (no pix, of course).
I then managed to talk to Kak Ros for quite a while. By now she was aware that Noor and I are Zul’s schoolmates.
Soon it was our turn to leave the place too.I looked back for the last time, before I drove off.
When both Noor and I arrived back in Shah Alam, I realised that I didn’t get to take any pic of her earlier, so I snapped this one using my hanphone camera:
I was so thirsty that I ordered 2 glasses of drinks – one “iced-lemon tea” and the other one plain ice 🙂 .
I then went back to Kuala Lumpur (for work) and only got home just before 9pm. And I was offline too 🙁 .