Hadif's bravery during Yan disaster earns him Hang Tuah Medal

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PUTRAJAYA: During the big floods in Yan, Kedah two months ago, Muhammad Hadif Syazwan Anas was faced with a devastating experience when rising waters swept away his great-grandparents and himself.

The 11-year-old lost his great-grandfather in the tragedy. He would have lost his own life and the life of his great-grandmother too, if not for his bravery.

“It had been raining and the water level had slowly risen. My mother was watching over my youngest sibling, while my father was packing up our belongings as quickly as he could.

“I volunteered to accompany my great-grandparents, who had been staying with us at the time. Then it happened.

“One minute, my great-grandparents and I were in the room, but the next minute, the three of us were being swept away by the currents,” said Hadif after being bestowed the “Hang Tuah Medal” award, a national honour given to children for acts of bravery.

The award was given out during the national-level Children’s Day event held at the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry here today.

When relating the horrifying ordeal, Hadif, who studies at Sekolah Rendah Agama Al-Akhlak Al-Islamiah in Guar Chempedak, said flood waters rushed into his family’s kampung house-cum-chalet.

He said floods often occurred in the area after heavy rain, but this time, it was worse than before.

Hadif’s mother, Nur Hidayah Yusoff, 36, said the incident happened at around 5pm.

“It was raining that day. We often experienced floods during rainy days so I wanted to check on my grandparents in their room, but my youngest was crying at the time.

“Hadif, who is my eldest, voluntereed to go look after his great-grandparents, he remained there to accompany them.

“Unfortunately, my grandfather was swept away by the currents. The current was too fast. He did not survive,” she said, adding that Hadif had trouble sleeping for some time after the incident.

Nur Hidayah said her husband found both Hadif and his 83-year-old great-grandmother hanging onto each other near a pile of logs and brought them into the house.

The Fire and Rescue Department found Hadif’s great-grandfather, Ku Shuib Ku Abdullah, 91, under a pile of logs and debris five days after the incident.

Currently, the family is staying at the home of Nur Hidayah’s mother which is located near their home, which had been destroyed by the floods.

As the recipient of the Hang Tuah Medal, Hadif received a trophy, certificate and RM5,000.

The medal and prizes were presented by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

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