Somali DPM pays respect to late Bernama staff killed in Mogadishu

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

KUALA LUMPUR: Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omer Arteh, who is on his maiden visit to Malaysia, paid a visit to the family of the late Bernama TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor today.

Noramfaizul was killed by stray bullets in the Somali capital Mogadishu by African peacekeepers on Sept 2, 2011.

He was 39.

Mohamed Omer met Noramfaizul’s 68-year-old mother, Naemah Abd Majid, at the family’s home in Serdang Raya this afternoon.

Also present was Noramfaizul’s father Mohd Nor Mat Yasin, 72.

Naemah could not hold back her tears as she recalled memories of Noramfaizul, her eldest and only son out of her six children.

“Life has never been the same in the family without Noramfaizul.

“We will always remember him fondly, especially the last moments he spent with the family before leaving for that fateful trip to Somalia,” she told reporters.

She also expressed her gratitude to Mohamed Omer for taking the time to be with the family.

Naemah was also glad when she found out that among the pressmen present are Noramfaizul’s peers.

Mohamed Omer said the entourage had come to pay respect to the family of Noramfaizul.

“We also want to express our sorrow at the unfortunate incident.

“At the same time, I’m happy to have met the parents and bond with the family,” said Mohamed Omer, who also brought along his family members.

The visit was coordinated by Kelab Putera 1Malaysia president and Baling MP, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

Abdul Azeez led a prayer session at the house together with Mohamed Omer, his entourage and the family of Noramfaizul.

He also accompanied Mohamed Omer and Naemah’s family to visit the grave of Noramfaizul.

New Straits Times