Banggi Tragedy

*WARNING! You are reading a super long post, to my standard at least*

It was morning of 26th November, everybody was busy in the house getting ready, because today my dad, mom, Raihana, Nadiah and her husband Roy are going to Banggi Island, North of Sabah, where my dad came from. Rizal and myself didn’t go because of work commitment. Originally Hanafiah and his wife Zaiton would be coming along to but that day he is not feeling well and his wife had food poisoning. So its was just five of them, together with a few of my relative from my mother side, going by 5 cars all together. It was about midnight, I’m about to doze of when I received a phone call from my uncle from my dad side, informing me that the boat that was carrying them didn’t arrived. They were following a normal villager’s boat; very much the same as the one parked next to Pasar Besar KK, at about 4 pm. I have been in this type of boat a few time, mainly because of work. My company have a few project at Banggi Island and at times, I have to go there by these boat. Using this type of boat, you can easily reach Karakit in two hours time, if it’s not full of cargo and have a good engine, but most of the time its three hours. There is one passenger ferry service going to and from Karakit but its limited to one ferry only and during this time of the year, that ferry is always full. My family couldn’t make it to board that ferry because its already full. I think that’s why all of them decided to go using the ill-fated boat. At first thought of the news, I was thinking that maybe the boat was having an engine problem. But then again, you can still get faint signal on your mobile phone and message for help. It was half and hour after that that I have to prepare the worst. My dad was found floating on the sea and the boat had sunk, none of my family member; except for my dad, know how to swim.

These are my lovely sisters
These are my lovely sisters

The weather was fine, the sea was calm. Ferry was full so they decided to take a ride on a villager’s boat, which was scheduled to bring in construction supplies to Karakit. This is the normal practice over there, a harmless normal practice. They set off at about 4:30pm. Everyone was happy, this was their first boat ride to Karakit. My family had been to Karakit once a few years back but at that time we went by ferry. My brother and I had been there way before that because my dad was an ex-assemblyman for Banggi, between 1983 till 1985. I can imagine how exciting that was, surrounded by your loved one, playing with the water splashing by the side of the boat. From the photo that we manage to salvage from one mobile phone, belongs to my late cousin Haizum, the sea was calm, as if nothing could go wrong, nothing. Mom and Nadiah was in the cabin, Roy was at the stern, Raihana and dad at the bow, told my dad that they would prefer going home by boat and not ferry. As I said, it was fun. 10 minutes after saying that, the boat capsize, without any warning.

A wave had hit the boat on its side, coupled with the heavy cargo, fell to the other side of the boat, made the boat capsize. Everyone was caught off guard. Mom and Nadiah was in the cabin when it happened, drowned instantaneously. The rest tried to cling on the upside down boat. Not long after that, the wave swing the boat back into normal position. Although it is full of water, the cargo was already at to bottom of the sea. Everybody climb back into the boat. A cousin of mine did a chest compression on Nadiah and she manage to breath again while mom body was lying lifeless. Soon after Nadiah could breath again the boat capsize again for the 2nd time. That had ensure Nadiah’s fate. The boat had turned a few time before it sank to the bottom. Just before it sank, my dad manage to tie those who had drowned to the boat so that they wont drift away at the sea, thinking that the boat wont sank. It’s not easy to tie your loved one to the boat especially when it’s your own wife and daughter. The other two was my aunt and cousin. After the boat sank, the rest of the survivor just drifted for hours, fighting for their life as at this point, the wave keep pounding them. My dad was holding on the orange fish container which was floating while Raihana was holding to dad. It was hours when my sister told my father that she’s tired and couldn’t hold on anymore and said sorry. A few second after that she slipped away. That was the last dad saw her.

Among 21 of my family members, only 5 survived the tragedy, 2 still missing at sea.

The important women in my life
The important women in my life

Mom, you are not the best cook. You liked to add turmeric in all your cooking, and I always have to separate it before eating. Still, your cooking tells me that you’re at safe at home. You like to watch those Indonesian drama, even though the storyline sucks big time. At times I too get dragged watching it and started asking you all sorts of question and you would answer back without showing any sign of annoyance. That tells me you’re safe at home. I’m going to miss you.

Nadiah and Erlinna
Nadiah and Erlinna

Nadiah, you are one cool sister. You are the one who we turned to when we have a girl problem. Both of us liked female fronted band and nearly form our own band. I’m going to miss listening to your sweet voice. I still remember early of this year when I brought you along to a karaoke lounge with some friends, you left us mesmerize when you sang Foolish Games by Jewel. I loved hearing you singing Don’t Speak from No Doubt, which is our favourite band. You were a good friend to Erlinna when the both of you were posted to Johor. Now both of you would be friend eternally. I’m going to miss you.

Raihana, you are the brainiac of this family. I sucked at Add Maths but you’re not. I still remember when you asked me for help on one of your maths problem. I was in the process of finding the answer when you say “oh, sini pula salah. ok la bang.”. I was left speechless. You solved the problem before I could solve it. Like the rest of us, who loved to watch anime, active in Silat, know to play the guitar, you yourself would follow suit. You learn to play the guitar this year. A bother’s ego, always wanted to look great in front of his sister. I would always tried to teach you all I know about playing the guitar. I’m going to miss being that brother. I knew that somehow you could also sing. This video I got if from your boyfriend, who came to Kudat to wait patiently with the rest of us. Although you are still missing at sea, all of us know you are at a better place. I’m going to miss you.

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Zaiddyroy and Nadiah

Roy, you are a good man. I know you really loved my sister and so does my sister. You were among those who are safe, you cried knowing Nadiah was tied on the boat. The moment you were seperated from the other, everyone knew you went back to get your wife. As my sister said, cinta mati harus dijaga sampai mati, jangan sampai ke lain hati, you are now resting side by side with my sister, your wife, for eternity.

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I’m not discouraging anyone who are reading this to not go and visit Banggi. It is a great place to visit. A few infrastructure are already in place since the last time I were there. I do hope everyone learned from this tragedy. This is not about whether life jacket should be provided on all boat. It is also about having safer transport as there are more and more people going in and out from that island. We need to also to have a good search and rescue plan in the event of such tragedy ever happen again. If I may give one suggestion, much like aeroplane which always states their estimated time of arrival, boat should do the same. If it didn’t arrived on time, search and rescue should be on their way. In my family case, it was about 6 hours when everyone started to look for them. 6 hours too late. The life jacket that was on that boat can only keep you floating for about 4 hours. Our family was sacrificed so that everyone would learn and benefit from it. Please don’t let them die in vain.

I was told that it is bad omen if a boat that had already set off to return to dock and set off again. That particular ill-fated boat had return back to pick up another 2 passenger before setting off again.

Coincidently on the evening of the tragedy, I was listening to the soundtrack from The Boat That Rocked. I thank you to a friend who pointed out to me that fact.

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Sweet memories...

List of family members who were on the boat:

  1. Yahya Bin Othman (survived)
  2. Normah Bin Jainih (body found)
  3. Fatin Nadiah Bte Yahya (body found)
  4. Norhamisah Raihana Bte Yahya (lost at sea)
  5. Zaiddyroy Mohd Syukur (body found)
  6. Sudin Sugiman (survived)
  7. Ainah Bte Zaini (body found)
  8. Ahmad Tarmizi Bin Sudin (survived)
  9. Siti Zahirah Bte Sudin (survived)
  10. Akmal Izdihar Bin Sudin (body found)
  11. Haizum Nazihah Bte Sudin (body found)
  12. Afif Zakwan Bin Sudin (body found)
  13. Mazlan Bin Zaini (body found)
  14. Suzanna Bte Saiman (body found)
  15. Athirah Syafikah Bte Mazlan (lost at sea)
  16. Afza Syakirah Bte Mazlan (body found)
  17. Ahqef Sharkawi Bin Mazlan (body found)
  18. Fazwanie Farhain Bte Masnan (body found)
  19. Zurain Izora Bte Masnan (body found)
  20. Wahadhir Bin Hamdan (survived)
  21. Hajjah Aming Bte Nordin (body found)

Thank you for prayers and words of support given from everyone.

 

The Geek

A so called geek who resides at North Borneo, in a not so little city anymore, formerly known as Api-Api to the locals, Jesselton to the colonialist. This geek is a Civil Engineer by profession, who have lots of ideas popping up while traveling, who will write whatever popped up in his mind and hopping the reader would not be so judgmental toward his writings. This geek is also a computer & internet junkie who love outdoor, which is pretty much contradicting to each other doesn’t it? This geek is good at almost everything but a master of none (read about this somewhere). People may perceive him as a very quiet, describe as phlegmatic person, yet he is quite a chatterbox to those whom he is really close or comfortable with. This geek thinks anime chicks are way cooler than a real chick hence why he also likes to watch it (not the chicks, but the anime). Not to be mistaken as watching a cartoon, anime to this geek and to most of anime follower are animation that are created and produce by the Japanese.

88 thoughts on “Banggi Tragedy

  • 7th December 2009 at 1:56 pm
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    salam untuk anda…sy x kenal sapa anda tp sy dpt tau pasal anda from my workmate, Rina. Sedih sgt bila baca story you tu…sy dpt imagine sy berada di tpt awak…hampir seluruh family awak sekaligus pergi meninggalkan awak…mmg amat menyakitkan tp kita sbg hamba Allah, kita kena redha & tawakal atas apa yg berlaku…mungkin di sana lah sdh tertulis ajal mrk…kita yg still hidup ni mampu berdoa utk mrk smoga mrk ditempatkan di antara mrk yg beriman…Amin!

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  • 7th December 2009 at 6:57 pm
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    I’m very sorry for the tragedy happened to your family. It is not easy and it requires a lot of courage to face the death.

    I hope you and your dad embraces the sorrow and live for those who had left you.

    You are not alone, and I believe those who had gone hoping you and your dad to live the best for them.

    Please accept my condolence.

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  • 7th December 2009 at 10:40 pm
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    I’m deeply sorry about your loss. May their souls rest in peace. Parying for you and your family to be strong to face the trial.

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  • 8th December 2009 at 10:09 am
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    Salam norifpaival,

    the last time i read your blog it was about your fiancee tragic death due to cancer, and now a tragic death involved your family members..

    you are such one of a strong person norif to be chosen to go all through these dugaan hidup..i salute for that..

    in the mean time, be strong and redha of ketentuan Ilahi..may their soul rest in peace

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  • 8th December 2009 at 10:44 am
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    My deepest condolences to u and the rest of the family.
    Be strong..

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  • 8th December 2009 at 5:24 pm
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    Dear Paival

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  • 8th December 2009 at 9:53 pm
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    Al Fatihah to all the people who cant make it….it touched my heart and i did cry…hoping that u can take it well…and be strong…Allah loves them more…
    condolences to u n ur family….it’s part of the test in dis lives…hope u n ur father are doin good….

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  • 9th December 2009 at 1:06 am
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    I’m speechless..you’re strong..God Bless!

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  • 9th December 2009 at 11:26 am
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    please accept my heartfelt condolence of your lost, please stay strong and optimistic, take care…

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  • 9th December 2009 at 1:51 pm
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    i’m sorry for ur loss.
    be strong.

    found ur blog thru other blog which i cant remember which url. its a coincidence i knew erlinna too. she’s my senior at maktab keningau. we heard she passed away but i never thought that her cancer was that bad.

    Al Fatihah.

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  • 9th December 2009 at 5:44 pm
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    takziah .semoga anda sentiasa tabah .

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  • 9th December 2009 at 6:41 pm
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    My deepest condolence to the author of this blog…sorry for ur lost of ur family..I would really understand how u felt about this incident because of the victim is my cousin (Roy)..up till today me n the rest of the family still could not believe that Roy is no longer with us anymore as well as his wif(Fatin)whom i met once..al-fatihah..

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  • 10th December 2009 at 8:04 pm
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    I came across your blog in one of my friend’s website. I am sorry for your lost of your family. Its not too late for me sending my condolences to you and family. Al-fatihah, semoga roh-roh mereka yang telah pergi itu sentiasa dicucuri rahmat olehNYA. Amin.

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  • 11th December 2009 at 11:20 am
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    Dear Paival,

    Our condolences on the ill-fated tragedy that befalled you and your family. Nadiah (or Fatin as we’d always call her) was among our old schoolmates and undeniably one of the most cheerful people we had the opportunity to share our lives with. That said, it must’ve been an absolute honor to be her brother.

    Our prayers go to Nadiah and those who perished on the Banggi tragedy; a solemn reminder that God is Almighty and we are but his servants. InsyaAllah, I believe everything happens for a reason and that every single one of your family is in a better place now – resting among His believers in Jannah.

    Our regards to you and your family, and we hope you rise from this bettered rather than battered.

    -Jeff and Nadiah’s Tg. Aru I schoolmates

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  • 11th December 2009 at 8:38 pm
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    A’kum… wish u b strong 2 face all d hard time.. i’m fatin classmate in kent.. Still can’t believe tat they already gone… althgh i only knew her 4 a short time, she was a wndrful fren.. miz her smile, her sweet voice n everything about her… May ALLAH bless them…

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  • 12th December 2009 at 12:01 pm
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    Salam.My condolences to you and your family.Wish you be strong and redha upon this tragedy. May Allah bless them.

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  • 17th December 2009 at 8:53 pm
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    My deepest condolonce for ur loss.. I wish u much strength and patience in this trying times.

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  • 24th December 2009 at 12:11 pm
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    Akum pai..my deepest condolence for you and your family..(im roy cousin) may they rest in peace.wish you be strong..sma2 la kta redha..Allah love Roy & Nadiah.you still have us when u need smbody to talk with.

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  • 2nd January 2010 at 4:38 pm
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    Just got to know about this particular post frm Spiji’s blog… my heart sank when I read Nadiah’s last post on FB…. speechless! Again my heartfelt condolences to you and family…

    anyways… Happy New Year to you…

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  • 8th February 2010 at 5:53 pm
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    AL FATIHAH UNTUK SEMUA MANGSA TRAGEDI BOT KARAM DI KUDAT.SALAH SEORANG MANGSA ADALAH BEKAS ANAK MURID KU..AFIF ZAKWAN SUDIN.WALAU HANYA DIA SEORANG ANAK MURID TAPI PERANGAI MANJANYA MASIH TERBAYANG DI RUANG MATA.

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  • 21st February 2010 at 2:53 pm
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    Salam takziah… sedih untuk mengenang, pahit untuk diraung… semoga kekuatan kepada anda sekeluarga… Al-Fatihah, sedekah kepada mereka yang telah pergi…. AMin

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  • 24th May 2010 at 9:55 am
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    This is an overdue condolence wishes, but I still feel that it’s best not to be kept in heart.

    deepest condolences to u and your family. Even though it’s been more than 5 months after the fateful incident, i know it still hurts inside..
    I don’t know you, but I shed a tear reading this..

    I’ll pray for the demises tonight.

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  • 15th June 2010 at 8:49 pm
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    OMG!! I personally knew ur late sis, Misa. we were in the same LDK back in matrix, then i went to study in semenanjung, and i just knew this accident from one of my fren today!! almost 6 months after. i am soo sorry for ur loss.

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  • 21st September 2010 at 4:46 pm
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    Hi, been following ur blog and late nadiah’s fb since the tragedy. Speechless, made me never drop any comment.But, Be strong =)

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

    Regards,
    Dayz 21.09.2010

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  • 17th November 2010 at 12:12 pm
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    reading this post, almost a year from the ill-fated date, still brings tears. terasa macam baru kemarin terjadi.

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  • 26th November 2010 at 11:13 am
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    1 year has passed.. i know its still hurt.. but be strong.. your family need it..

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  • 6th February 2011 at 5:48 pm
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    salam, sedih sgt baca crita ni. sya pun baca d berita tp kwn sya engineer MAS yg hantar crita ni d email sya kami crita2 dlm kapal masa mau pigi haneda.. mmg sedih baca d surat kabar pun sedih apa lagi ni. tp apa yg sya boleh ckp kita yg hidup teruskan kehidupan kita yg pergi kita redhakan sbb ALLAAH amat menyayangi mereka.. kita cuma berdoa utk mereka.. tc

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  • 8th February 2011 at 10:41 am
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    salam, takziah atas kejadian yang menimpa keluarga anda…..saya tak tau sapa anda tp saya dapat cite ni dari adik saya (waty)…..well, berserahlah padaNya kerana setiap yang terjadi tu cuma sebabnya sahaja sedangkan hakikat yang sebenarnya itu adalah takdir yang tertulis untuk mereka. saya pun ada kawan yang kehilangan seluruh ahli keluarga mereka semasa tragedi ribut Greg lalu…. sangat menyakitkan, itu sudah pasti dan untuk recovery memang lama….walau apapun sentiasa berdoa untuk mereka perlahan-lahan akan menyembuhkan rasa kehilangan itu….tc and be strong

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  • 6th November 2011 at 2:28 am
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    sempena menyambut hari raya qurban tahun ini 2011 dan genap 2 thn ia beralu, Al Fatihah aku sedekahkan kepada arwah2 semua, semoga mereka ditempatkan di kalangan org2 yang beriman …

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  • 14th June 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Takziah.. Alfatihah.. tidak terkata..

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