PALOH assemblyman Datuk Nozula still warded, wife laid

Nozula still warded, wife laid

IPOH: PALOH assemblyman Datuk Nozula Mat Diah, who was involved in a serious traffic accident along the Kampung Raja-Simpang Pulai road on Thursday evening, is in stable condition, but doctors are still concerned over the severity of his injuries.

Nozula, who is being treated in the high-dependency unit at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here, sustained seven broken ribs, as well as chest and lung injuries.

The hospital's general surgeon Dr Basel Ebernesen said Nozula, 57, was being treated with painkillers and was semi-conscious.

"The injuries to the lungs are of concern as it could lead to infection.

"He will also be put on chest physiotherapy to enable him to function normally and heal faster.

"Nozula's brain faculties are normal and he is breathing normally without the aid of a respirator," he said yesterday.

Nozula and his three children, aged between nine and 23, escaped with injuries in the accident.

However, his wife, Datin Maziah Din, 57, died.

The family was on their way to Kuala Lumpur from Gua Musang in their sports utility vehicle at 6.30pm when the incident occurred.

The vehicle, driven by their eldest daughter, Norfatin Nabiha, had rammed into a hillside before landing in a ditch.

Maziah, who was in the front passenger seat, was sent to KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Her remains were brought back to her residence in Bandar Chiku in Gua Musang, Kelantan, and buried at the Felda Chiku 5 cemetery yesterday.

When met at the funeral, Norfatin, who was clearly distraught, said the car spun out of control due to the rainy surface.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a Twitter post, offered his condolences to Nozula and his family over the tragedy.


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