SINGAPORE: Nasrulhudin Najumudin had second thoughts about joining rail operator SMRT. “He was 50-50,” a friend told Channel NewsAsia at Mr Nasrulhudin’s family home in Tampines. “He was going to stay a while and leave for another job.”
The maintenance trainee and his colleague, Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari died after being hit by a train on Mar 22 - less than three months after starting work. Both were laid to rest on Wednesday (Mar 23).
About 150 people gathered at Mr Nasrulhudin's home to pay their last respects. These included his colleagues and SMRT's public relations team.
One of Mr Nasrulhudin's former schoolmates, who declined to be named, said Mr Nasrulhudin was one of the most humble people he's ever met.
"When we were in the class, we voted for who to be our leader,” he said. “So actually we voted for him (Mr Nasrulhudin), because he's got the cool attitude, he's a very humble guy, a very nice guy to be with, very soft-spoken guy, a lot of good things I can say about him.”
Mr Nasrulhudin's body was brought back from the mortuary at around 2.30pm.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan visited Mr Nasrulhudin’s family, as well as Mr Asyraf's home in Lengkong Empat. Mr Khaw did not speak to the media.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim was also present, and said it was a "very sad day for the community".
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“Two very young men, through no fault of theirs, have lost their lives. It's very painful,” Dr Yaacob said. “I feel sad for their loved ones, their family. But we must accept that this has happened, and I hope the family will have enough strength to move forward. I met the father and the mother earlier, they have accepted it and I gave them the best that we can and see what we can do to help them to move forward. I think this is really unfortunate. Of course we hope to find out what really happened, but at the end of the day, I think we must try and rally with the family and the loved ones and make sure they can move on."
Friends and family of the two men said getting answers would help them to move on.
"We need to know why is the procedure not being followed,” said Mr Nasrulhudin’s ex-schoolmate. “Accidents can't be avoided, but when it happened, maybe we have to know why, how did it happen, what is the root of the problem."
Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive Chew Men Leong, who was also among the visitors, said the LTA is assisting the police and the Manpower Ministry with investigations.
"We are very saddened by the loss,” he said. “We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We are doing all we can to assist and support the family.”