Zahid’s bodyguard killed in highway crash

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi joins the funeral prayer for his driver Muhammad Aidil Suhaidi who was killed in a car crash on the East Coast Expressway. (Twitter pic)

KUANTAN: A bodyguard of former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was among two persons killed when their car crashed into the side of a hill at KM 165.4 of the East Coast Expressway near Maran yesterday.

Maran police chief Norzamri Abd Rahman said Muhammad Aidil Suhaidi, 25, and his grandfather, Saad Salleh, 72, who was seated behind him, died in the 10.30am crash.

Aidil of Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur was Zahid’s driver and personal bodyguard.

His brother, Muhammad Aliff, 23, who sat in the front passenger seat, suffered bruises while his grandmother, Siti Zaleha, 57, suffered minor injuries to her face and back.

“The accident happened when the Honda Jazz, driven by Aidil, skidded and veered to the left of the road before hitting the side of a hill.

“The impact of the collision resulted in both the driver and the back passenger thrown out of the car and they died at the scene,” he said in a statement today.

Zahid yesterday uploaded a post on Twitter, saying Aidil had planned to hold his engagement ceremony in Kelantan.