KUALA LUMPUR, Sitaton Osman, who handled the funeral of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight M7 was named the recipient of the ‘Tokoh Pendakwah’ award in conjunction with the Federal Territories-level 1441H Maal Hijrah celebration here today.
The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department staff also had experience in preparing a funeral for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) patients.
One of the most challenging tasks for me was when I was involved in preparing the bodies of 38 victims of the M7 tragedy for 45 days.
I would also never forget the experience of preparing the bodies of SARS patients. We had to be in a controlled area and use limited equipment as it (SARS) is an infectious disease, the single mother told Bernama after receiving the award.
Sitaton who has 21 years of experience in handling bodies for funeral said she was always ready and willing to do the tasks in whatever circumstances.
I also have the experience of bathing non-Muslim bodies at the request of the family members,” said Sitaton who received a cash reward of RM4,000, a gold bar from the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPIEM), a trophy and certificate.
Meanwhile, the Grand Imam of the National Mosque Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail Muhammad has been named as the recipient of the Tokoh Utama Maal Hijrah Award which was presented by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof.
He received RM5,000, a gold bar from YaPIEM, a trophy and certificate.
Also present was Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)