GEMAS: “I don’t want to look at a lawnmower machine anymore,” said Mohd Farhan Reza Badrul Hesam, 13, who was injured after a blade from the machine hit the back of his head yesterday.
The incident occurred in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tuanku Abdul Rahman here.
When met at his house in Kampung Bangkahulu here today, Farhan admitted that he was still traumatised about the incident which had killed his best friend, Nur Afini Roslan, 14.
The Form One student, who had been discharged from Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital Kuala Pilah, said the incident occurred in a blink of an eye and he only realised what had happened after he saw Nur Afini’s body on the field.
“We were taking a rest after the parade training for our school’s Sports Day when suddenly I heard a loud sound like a firecracker before my head was hit with something hard.
“When I turned back, I saw Nur Afini fall and her blood splattered on my shirt. Part of her head which was split into two in the incident fell right in front of me,” he said.
Farhan said he was stunned and shaken while his other friends started to scream and panic before teachers instructed them to leave the scene.
He said he had no problems continuing to study at the school, but he was haunted by the incident and found it difficult to look at a lawnmower again.
His mother, Zalina Mohd Noor, 48, said she only knew about the incident after a teacher called her to inquire about her son’s injury.
“I was surprised to know that a student was killed in the incident. I was even more shocked to learn that the victim was the daughter of my best friend,” she said.
In the 10.30am incident yesterday, Nur Afini died after she was struck by a blade from the lawnmower, which split her head into two.
His two friends, Abdullah Hazlan, 14, and Mohd Farhan suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Hazlan, another student injured in the incident, said he happened to be looking at the machine before a small explosion occurred.
"I saw the blade flying towards us and screamed but the incident was so fast I could not escape in time.
"I felt a severe pain in my right ear and at the same time I saw Farhan and Nur Afini fall on the ground. Then I realised my clothes were splattered with blood stains, " he said.
He said he did not realise he was injured until a friend told him.
His father, Hazlan Harun, 51, said he considered the tragedy as fate and urged all parties to stop pointing fingers and let the police complete their investigation.