Zulhanizam Badrul Hisham Dalam Kenangan ( 28hb Julai 1992 - 25hb Februari 2010 )


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shocking find under a fallen tree branch

Published: Friday February 26, 2010 MYT 6:58:00 PM


GEORGE TOWN: Civil Defence Department personnel called to clear a huge tree branch blocking the motorcycle lane of the Jelutong Expressway got a shock when they found a person pinned underneath.

It is believed that motorcyclist Zulhanizam Badrul Hisham, 18, was on his motorcycle when he was crushed by the falling tree branch.

The men were cutting the branch with chainsaws at 10.15pm on Thursday when they found the unconscious Zulhanizam and his motorcycle pinned underneath.

They called for an ambulance but Zulhanizam died from severe chest and abdominal injuries while on the way to the Penang Hospital.

The tree branch was believed to have fallen off due to strong winds.
No one had noticed Zulhinizam as the branch was full of leaves and completely covered him and his machine.

Zulhanizam’s father, Badrul Hisham Sulaiman, said his son went out of their Sungai Ara house at 9.45pm to pick up a friend in Weld Quay.

“I was stunned when the hospital called me up at 11.30pm. It was unlucky that he died this way,” said Badrul Hisham, a factory supervisor, when met at the Surau Kampung Melayu where his son’s funeral was held Friday.

He said Zulhanizam, who was waiting for his SPM results, had excelled in both his studies and co-curricular activities at SMK Bukit Jambul.

“He scored five As in the PMR examination. He was also active in sports such as futsal, football, hockey and sepak takraw and had even represented the school in some of them,” Badrul Hisham added.

Zulhanizam’s uncle, Zulkifli Sulaiman, hoped the authorities would conduct regular checks on overgrown branches along the expressway.

“Regular trimming and prunning are a must for overgrown branches in this area. Some tilted trees could topple at any time and they pose a danger to motorcyclists,” he said.

When contacted, state Public Works, Utilities and Transport Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the Public Works Department should look into the matter.



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