KUANTAN, July 24 (Bernama) -- The family members of three people who died in a fire here last Sunday received royal sympathy and advice today.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Hajah Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, expressed their condolences when Their Majesties visited the family of Sharifah Azlina Syed Kassim, 37, who perished in the fire in Sungai Isap 2 along with her two sons, Muhamad Haikal Hakimi Hairul, 11, and Mohamad Adam Daniel, seven.
Syarifah Azlina’s husband, Hairul Khalid, 38, her brother Syed Azman, 25, and his wife Norazilah Abdullah, 23, were badly injured.
The King and Queen went to the location of the razed houses and, before addressing the family members and other survivors of the fire, His Majesty invited everyone present to recite the Al-Fatihah for the dead.
“Actually, I’m speechless. This incident is most unfortunate, more so when it has taken the lives of three family members. I am very sad, I find it difficult to speak,” His Majesty began.
Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail; Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh; Fire & Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid and Pahang Fire & Rescue director Nor Hisham Mohammad.
Sultan Abdullah advised the people to learn from the incident and take the appropriate safety measures pertaining to electrical wiring and use of electrical appliances.
A faulty motor of a table fan in the living room of the house had heated up, melted and triggered the fire, according to Mohammad Hamdan who briefed Their Majesties.
His Majesty said: “I wish to convey a request from Her Majesty for those using extension wiring not to have too many connections. When not in use, electrical gadgets and appliances must be disconnected from the sockets.
“It is a good idea for house owners to inspect the wiring, especially in this area, because this is not the first time that I have come here in the wake of fires. If you do not have the expertise, get the assistance of a professional because a power overload can trigger a disaster.
“Take this advice seriously. It is true that God determines but we can take the precautionary steps,” he said.
Sultan Abdullah also handed over to the family members personal donations from Their Majesties as well as donations from the federal and state governments and RM11,000 insurance payout for the next-of-kin of the two boys.
Meanwhile, Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said Their Majesties’ visit reflects Sultan Abdullah’s concern for victims of disasters.
His Majesty set aside the time despite his busy daily schedule and the events and meetings related to the upcoming installation of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he said in a statement.
Ahmad Fadil said the first of the events in conjunction with the installation, namely the Yasin recital, Doa Selamat and Solat Hajat, will take place at the National Mosque tomorrow evening.