KUALA LUMPUR: “I’m sorry mom, I’m really sorry, later if there’s time, I’ll come home and sleepover.”
That was Noor Amila Edrus Norsham’s last words to his mother, Siti Nursharmila Tengku Hanafiah, during their meeting last Aidilfitri.
He apologized for not being able to sleepover at her house in Kepong.
Five-year-old Noor Amila Edrus, who lived with his father and stepmother in Jinjang Utara, was reported missing last Thursday before his body was found today in an undergrowth in Kampung Kemensah, Hulu Kelang, here about 12.30pm.
Siti Nursharmila, 46, said she could not believe that her son’s visit on the first day of Aidilfitri would turn out to be his last.
“That first day of Aidilfitri was the last time I met him because he lived with his stepmother, who is the second wife of my husband. They were really close since Edrus was a child,” said the sobbing mother when met by Bernama at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary here.
Siti Nursharmila, who looked weak and did not stop wiping away her tears, was seen being consoled by relatives.
An air of grief enveloped when the woman suddenly collapsed shortly after she identified the remains.
Siti Nursharmila, who is the fourth wife of Norsyam Jali, 63, said she did not know the motive for the incident because she did not have problems with anyone.
The eldest of two siblings was reported missing after having gone to the surau near his house and did not return after the Maghrib prayers.
A man, believed to be a relative of the family, led police to the remains, according to a source.
Siti Nursharmila said the surau was located about 20 metres from his stepmother’s house in Jinjang.
“Edrus will go straight to the surau whenever he hears the call to prayer,” said the salesperson.
Meanwhile, Norsyam, when contacted, said he accepted what had happened.
“I leave it to the authorities to take appropriate action against the perpetrator of this heinous crime,” he said.
He described Edrus as special because he had a keen interest in going to the surau since he was four.
“He was also good at reciting the Quran and was close to me,” said Norsyam.