Friends and family attend funerals of SMRT staff


SINGAPORE – Close to 150 well-wishers, including colleagues, close friends and relatives, went to SMRT maintenance trainee Nasrulhudin Najumudin’s house in Tampines Street 12 on Wednesday (March 23) morning to pay their last respects.

Mr Nasrulhudin and his colleague Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, died on Tuesday after an oncoming train struck them while they were walking along the tracks near Pasir Ris MRT Station to investigate a possible fault.

Many turned up at the Tampines home as early as 9am in the morning, sharing fond memories of the 26-year-old, whom they said had dreamt of joining the police force one day or furthering his studies at university.

Among them was his cousin Khairul Yazid, who grew up with him in Tampines, where they both live.

“He was considering between becoming a policeman and continuing his studies,” he told The Straits Times.

“I looked up to him as an older brother,” added the 22-year-old student, who rushed home from his hostel in Nanyang Technological University after hearing about the accident.

The mood grew sombre as Mr Nasrulhudin’s body was brought back from the mortuary around 2.35pm, carried by close relatives.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive Chew Men Leong was among the visitors.

He said the LTA is helping with investigations by the Ministry of Manpower and police, but did not give further updates or a timeframe.

He added: “Right now, our focus is with the family and to support them.”

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan also visited the 26-year-old’s family at their home. Mr Khaw went to Mr Asyraf’s funeral at Lengkong Empat as well.

About 200 friends and relatives had gathered there.

Mr Asyraf’s family, who were in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, arrived at about 2.30pm in an SMRT taxi. SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek also visited the family.

Earlier in the day, more than 30 friends and relatives of the two men also turned up at the morgue where the families identified their bodies.

This article was first published on March 23, 2016.
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