Sumatra road crash: Bodies of students flown home to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The remains of two Malaysian students who were killed in a road accident in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, on Sunday will be taken home to Malaysia today.

According to a spokesman for the Malaysian embassy in Indonesia, the bodies of Mohammad Shaiful Bukhari Amat, 25, and Ameer Hakimi Azman, 20, were flown to Jakarta on a Lion Air flight at 6.30pm (Western Indonesia time) yesterday.

The spokesman said the remains were expected to be flown to Kuala Lumpur on a Malaysia Airlines aircraft at 4.25am today.

Ameer Hakimi’s body will be flown to Penang between 9am and 11am while Mohammad Shaiful’s body will be transferred to Subang Airport to be flown via a mercy flight by the Royal Malaysian Air Force to Sandakan, he said.

The students who were riding a motorcycle had reportedly hit a lorry which had stopped in the middle of the road.

Both had been studying at Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim (UIN Suska) Riau.

Ameer Hakimi was confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital. Mohamad Shaiful died while being treated at Aulia Hospital.