My father had promised me that he will take us shopping for Hari Raya.
Eleven-year-old Mikhail Adam Riaz said his father, Major Yazmi Mohamed Yusof, one of the two Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) pilots who was killed today (15 Jun) in a Hawk 108 fighter jet crash, had informed him that he will be taking Mikhail and his five siblings to buy new clothes for Raya.
The boy said he last saw his father earlier this morning (15 Jun), when they had their sahur together.
“We went to bed and later woke up for Subuh prayers. My father led the prayer as usual which is a normal routine when he is back in Kuantan,” said Mikhail.
Yazmi is based at the Federal Territory of Labuan air base.
“I only got the news about the incident when we received a phone call at about 1pm,” he said when met at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTAA) forensics department today (15 Jun).
Mikhail said he hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a fighter jet pilot and all his late father’s advice will be a motivation for him to achieve his ambition.
“My father has given me a lot of advice and guidance. I hope take on a similar job as him,” he said, adding his father has been in Kuantan for about a week to undergo training.
Meanwhile, Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah paid his last respect to Yazmi and Major Mohd Hasri Zahari at the hospital today night.
Earlier, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his consort Tengku Puan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Maimunah Iskandariah also visited the late pilot’s family members at HTAA.
Hasri, 31, and Yazmi, 39, were found dead at Chukai, Terengganu, with their parachutes intact by an RMAF search and rescue (SAR) team at 2.30pm today, after their fighter jet went missing off Chukai, Terengganu, at about 1pm.
Yazmi leaves behind his wife, Noor Shafora Izwa Mohd Hilmi and six children – Mikhail, Mukriz Anwar Riaz, 10, Muaz Addin Riaz, 7, Mika Adden Riaz and Mika Ayman Riaz, both four, and Musa Akhtar Riaz, three.
Hasri leaves behind wife and a seven-month-old daughter.