The remains of Lt Col Awang Askandar Ampuan Yaacub, an accomplished Everest climber, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in an emotional homecoming. The body of the Kedah Civil Defence Force (APM) director was transported on the MH115 flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, marking the end of his incredible journey. The news of his tragic fall during the final ascent at 8,000m had deeply saddened the nation, and now the arrival of his remains brings a somber moment of closure.
A Last Journey to Rest
Awang Askandar’s remains will be taken to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, his final resting place. The MH2646 flight is scheduled to depart at 11.35am, and upon arrival at 2.15pm, the ceremony to bid farewell to the courageous climber will commence. At the KLIA cargo complex, more than 70 APM personnel paid their respects, followed by a Yasin recital and tahlil, marking a solemn moment of remembrance for their fallen comrade.
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Dignitaries Join in Mourning
The presence of the Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafuddin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin and Che Puan Muda Zaheeda Mohamad Ariff at the ceremony emphasized the significance of Awang Askandar’s contributions and the deep condolences felt by the royal family. The distinguished guests joined in paying their respects to the courageous climber who had left an indelible mark on the hearts of many.
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Honoring a Hero, Continuing the Search
Awang Askandar’s remains will be laid to rest at the Kampung Benoni Muslim cemetery with full APM honors during the burial. The funeral prayers will take place at the As-Salam Benoni Mosque, where family, friends, and members of the community will gather to bid a final farewell. Meanwhile, the search-and-rescue efforts continue for his fellow climber, Hawari Hashim, who went missing after reaching the summit. The nation remains hopeful for his safe return.