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Somali DPM pays respect to slain Malaysian journalist

Naemah (left), Omar (right), Noramfaizul (box)

Naemah (left), Omar (right), Noramfaizul (box)

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 16, 2017: It was a touching scene at the home of Naemah Abdul Majid when Somalia’s deputy prime minister paid her family a visit today.

Naemah, 68, never thought that Mohamed Omar Arte would take the trouble of coming to her home in Serdang as a mark of respect for her late journalist son Noramfaizul Mohd. Noor, who died while covering a Malaysian humanitarian mission to Somalia in 2011.

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Omar and his family for taking the time to visit us. May Allah bless them all,” Naemah said.

“I always remember my son fondly. Especially before he left for that fateful trip.”

Naemah, whose other five children are daughters, broke down in tears when an imam led a prayer for her son during the visit.

Noramfaizul was killed by a stray bullet in Mogadishu, making him the first Malaysian journalist to die while on assignment in a foreign country. He was 40 years old.

The Bernama TV journalist left behind a wife Norazrina Jaafar and two sons Mohd. Irfan, 15, and Mohd. Naufal, 10.

Noramfaizul’s death was an incident Omar said he deeply regrets.

“I came here to pay my respect to Malaysia’s ‘Wira Negara’ (national hero) and I brought my family with me so that mine and his can bond.

“We want to show his family that we are sorry for what happened to him. He came to Somalia bringing help but was killed instead. I am truly sorry for that,” said Omar.

Omar is on a working visit to Malaysia.

After a simple lunch with Naemah’s family, Omar and his entourage visited Noramfaizul’s grave at a nearby cemetery.

Omar is on a working visit to Malaysi and his visit to the family was arranged by Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim who led the mission during which Noramfaizul was killed.

Azeez also made an appeal to Malaysians to donate for an upcoming humanitarian mission to Somalia.

“Over 250 children are dying each month in Somalia due to the severe drought the country has been suffering since the past four years.

“We are working on a new mission but we have yet to have enough money for it. That is why I am asking Malaysians to donate. Somalians are dying even as we speak right now,” said Azeez.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.