‘Be like your father’, Hishammuddin tells son of late RMAF pilot

Dec 24, 2016
Hishamuddin seen hugging the son of late RMAF pilot. Pix credit: NSTP/DANIAL SAAD
Hishamuddin seen hugging the son of late RMAF pilot. Pix credit: NSTP/DANIAL SAAD

Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein has encouraged the eldest son of late Major Kayamboo Chellah to pursue his dream to become a pilot like his father, and to take care of the family.

Hishammuddin also vowed to ensure the well-being of the family and that the education of the children is looked after.

“We will be here for you. Don’t worry. Just tell us what you need and we will arrange everything for all of you.

“I will support you and so does the air force. Your father was a great man and let his spirit live in you,” he said during his visit to the family house of the late Kayamboo in Sungai Nibong here, yesterday.

Indran, 12, who has the same dream as his father, said that his father had taught him basic air craft parts and models and hoped that one day he would be like his father.

“What happened will not stop me,” said Indran, while Hishammuddin promised that he would support Indran to pursue his dreams personally.

The defence minister was seen to be overwhelmed by emotions as he had asked the family to stick together and be strong no matter what happened.

Hishammuddin even shared his pain of losing close family members in tragedies including MH17, where his grandmother was one of the passengers on the ill-fated plane.

“I have lost some of my close family members too and I can understand how painful it is. It takes time to overcome the emotion.

All of you must stay strong,” he said while wiping his tears and holding the hand of Kayamboo’s mother, S. Indera Devi, 65.

Hishamuddin also promised Indera Devi that she would be receiving full medical treatment especially for her new dentures.

“Don’t worry. Your son cannot do it for you, but we will do it on behalf of him. We are in debt of gratitude for your son’s sacrifice for the country,” he said.

The ministry had given the family a total of RM522,000 and Hishamuddin had given some personal contributions as well.

Kayamboo’s wife, K. Usha said that she was thankful for the contribution, as they had lost the family’s breadwinner. In the incident at 5.18pm Wednesday, the Beechcraft B200T, which was piloted by Kayamboo, crashed at the Butterworth Air Force base, leaving three others injured.

Two of the injured were transfered to the Penang Hospital for treatment, while another was transferred to Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tuanku Mizan in Kuala Lumpur.

Kayamboo, who was laid to rest yesterday with full military honours, leaves behind wife S. Usha, and four children, namely Indran, 12, K. Vashini, 11, K. Sanvendran,7, and K. Maitrashini, 2. — Bernama