Middle from left: Faisal, Ayu, Miza, Wahidah with Naim, Zawani, Nurul, Fauzan, Fazli
Last from left: Firdau, Zuwairi, Fahmi
While I was at the graveyard listening to those religious peoples praying for Munir, my mind was flying away.
10 years ago…
“Nice watch” a simple compliment from Munir.
“Er, yea” was my reply.
“Can you buy one for me? I never wear watch” his voice was persuasive.
“I will buy for you and give one to you next time ok?” my reply was convincing.
He smiled showing me his light yellowish teeth.
I never buy him any watch even cheap one that I could buy at night market. Even though I wasn’t serious but somehow I feel that it was a promise.
“Adik Long, let’s go” my elder cousin touched my shoulder which make me awake from my dreaming. “… God loves him and it’s the best for him” he persuaded.
“Hmmph…” I sighed. I looked at his tombstone before I walked heading to my car.
I still remember how happy he was when he came to my house during Eid last year. How he looks like when he was in coma too. “Memory remains and never ends”. I agree and it’s very true.
He got involve in accident where he rode a motorcycle and hit a car somewhere in Perai on his way back from work (in factory) to his house in Guar Perahu, Bukit Mertajam. He got his salary on that day and called up his family told them not to buy any food for breaking the fast. He wanted to treat them grilled seafood somewhere which he never mention. His family was waiting for him when this incident happened. It was around 6pm on Wednesday. He was in coma for 8 days which 2 days ago he showed a very positive reaction. He moved his hands and legs whenever we asked him to raise them. Everybody was happy. I mean, very happy. But then, it happened fast too and in a blink he passed away. He was 19 years old and his birth date is on 3rd November 1989. I still remember I smiled when I saw his last 4 number in his identification card is same like me – 5199.
It was fourth day of Eid, my sister Nurul called me around 1:50pm told me that Munir’s eldest sister Miza called telling her that Munir was critical. I was at Hussain Nasi Kandar with Zakaria Awang -- my colleague, stuffing ourselves lunch. It was raining when we rode motorcycle to the office. I packed my things and drove to KOMTAR to fetch Nurul. But when I reached KOMTAR, Nurul told me he’s gone.
May he rest in peace.
Let us say a little prayer for him doesn’t matter what religion you believe in.
Note: Munir, 3/11/1989 – 23/9/2009 (died at 2pm at General Hospital, Penang).