COVID-19 | The cemetery is no stranger to sombre grief, and today, the Bandar Tasik Puteri Muslim Cemetery, Rawang, became the setting of another heartfelt loss. This time it came from the medical fraternity and at the hand of Covid-19.
It was five minutes before 3pm when a hearse emblazoned with Hospital Sungai Buloh on its side entered the cemetery compound. Just as the driver parked it beside a recently dug grave, several figures in full protective suits got out.
"That's Abah! Abah! Abah! (father)" shouted a group of children, standing at the cemetery fence some 150 metres away.
One of the men in white raised his hand, and waved to his three sons and daughter, before turning his attention back to the hearse.
Lying inside was Artini Dzolkarnaini, his 41-year-old wife, and the mother of their five children.
However, that was as far as the children could be to say their last goodbye to their mother. Artini was diagnosed with Covid-19 in the middle of last month, before she succumbed to medical complications early this morning...