Double Brunei Deaths In Sabah; One Drowned, Another Just Collapsed

Haji Alimarjafri, left, and Muhammad Raemy

KOTA KINABALU: In a bizarre tragedy, two Bruneians on holiday in the Sabah state capital, died in two separate incidents Wednesday, and almost at the same time.

Both the victims had arrived in Kota Kinabalu on the same day, Tuesday and were planning to go back Thursday. It was not immediately known if both were in the same group.

The first man drowned while the second victim collapsed while shopping and could not be resuscitated by members of the public as well as medical personnel who arrived soon after.

However, Kota Kinabalu police have ruled out foul play in both cases pending further investigations and post mortem reports.

City police chief, Assistant Commissioner M Chandra said the Brunei Consulate here had been notified of the two incidents.

The Wisma Merdeka shopping mall in the heart of Kota Kinabalu where Haji Ali and his wife went shopping Wednesday noon before he collapsed and died.

Haji Alimarjafri bin Haji Abdul Wahad, a 54-year-old mechanic from the sultanate, was shopping together with his wife at the Wisma Merdeka shopping complex, at about 12.40pm when he suddenly collapsed.

Members of the public alerted to the cries of the woman, rendered first aid while paramedics from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was called.

Despite giving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) Alimarjafri failed to be revived.

Marina Court swimming pool.

He was said to be suffering from diabetes. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death, said ACP Chandra.

In the other case, Muhammad Raemy bin Haji Abdul Rahman a swimming coach died at about 12.40pm at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (1) an hour after he was taken out lifeless from the swimming pool at the Marina Court Apartments an hour earlier.

He was found at the bottom of the swimming pool by a fellow Bruneian who was on holiday with his fiancée and family at about 11.40am.

He told police that he was worried when the man did not surface after a long while and alerted an elder sibling who went down into the pool to pull the man up.