Sultan of Terengganu and other VIPs pay last respects to Insp Zulkifli Mamat

BESUT, March 2 — Emotions ran high when the remains of Insp Zulkifli Mamat, one of two police VAT-69 commandos killed in a shootout with armed foreign intruders in Lahad Datu yesterday, were brought to the family home here

Family members, neighbours and 29-year-old Zulkifli’s acquaintances, who had waited patiently at his mother’s house in Kampung Kubang Ikan near here, burst into tears when the coffin arrived at 4pm.

Earlier, the body had arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) airbase in Subang from Tawau, before it was flown in a special flight to the RMAF airbase in Gong Kedak, Terengganu at 3.15pm.

Present at the RMAF airbase were Sultan of Terengganu Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim, state police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa and Kelantan police chief Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman.

Also present were Mara chairman Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, the prime minister’s religious adviser Datuk Seri Dr Abdullah Md Zin and other senior police officers.

The body was taken to the RMAF Main Hall to enable Tuanku Mizan to pay his last respects.

Meanwhile, about 200 people attended the prayers which were held at Zulkifli’s house, while more than 2,000 people turned up to pay their last respects.

Zulkifli’s remains were taken to the Tembila Muslim cemetery in Kampung Gong Bayor for burial at 5pm.

He is survived by widow, Noraziah Noor, and two sons aged four and one.– BERNAMA