Bersatu loses assemblyman to heart attack

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REST IN PEACE… Fitri Al-Amin Bakhtiar, 21, (second left) and Fakhrol Alma, 24, (left) burying their father, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, at the Kampung Pasir Muslim Cemetery. Bakhtiar was the assemblyman for Semenyih and died of a heart attack yesterday at 4.45am. Photo: Bernama

SHAH ALAM: Semenyih assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, 57, died at Kajang Hospital at 4.45am yesterday from a heart attack.

Political secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar Borhan Aman Shah, said Bakhtiar’s remains were brought to his family home in Batu 19, Jalan Sungai Lalang, Kolam Memancing Teratak Tekala, Semenyih.

“Final funeral rites will be performed after Friday prayers at the Kampung Pasir Mosque, Semenyih, and he will be buried at the Kampung Pasir Muslim Cemetery.

“My condolences to his family, and I pray that Allah blesses his soul, and places him among the righteous,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

In the 14th General Election last May, Bakhtiar from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) defeated candidates from BN, PAS and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) in a four-cornered fight, with a majority of 8,964 votes. He garnered 23, 428 votes.

Bakhtiar was also Hulu Langat Bersatu division head.

Meanwhile in Semenyih, Mohd Bakhtiar’s widow Basirah Sardiq Muhammad,49, narrating her husband’s last moments, said her husband woke up from sleep at about 3am, one hour after he returned from the neighbourhood surau, and complained of experiencing breathing difficulties.

“When he woke up, he went to the bathroom and vomited, saying he had difficulty breathing, and asked me to wake up our son to take him to the hospital,” she said.

Basirah said by the time they arrived at the Kajang Hospital, Mohd Bakhtiar seemed weaker and the doctors who treated him also gave him breathing support before he was confirmed dead at 4.45am.

Basirah, who could not control her emotions as she spoke, described her husband as a very loving and good person.

“He was a very, very good man, very loving, he just got his first grandchild,” she said.

Meanwhile, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who also paid his last respects, described Mohd Bakhtiar’s death as a big loss to the nation.

Political secretary to the Prime Minister Abu Bakar Yahya also paid his last respects and handed over contributions to the family.

“I am here to represent the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who has conveyed his condolences as well as gave some contributions to the family,” he said.

Also present were Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari and several state exco members. – Bernama

Mohd Bakhtiar leaves behind Basirah, two daughters and three sons, aged between nine and 29 years. He was buried at the Kampung Pasir Muslim Cemetery near here after Friday prayers. – Bernama

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