TEMERLOH, 11 Dec 2008: Datuk Abdullah Rahmat, 51, the executive secretary of the Pahang Umno liaison committee died when the four-wheel drive vehicle he was driving hit a cow crossing the East Coast Highway at KM92 near Lanchang at 9.15pm yesterday.
Temerloh police district chief, ACP Ahmad Fadzillah Mohamed, said Abdullah had serious head injuries and died while being taken to the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh.
One of two co-passengers, Ahmad Kamal Abdul Malek, 50, was seriously injured and later succumbed to his injuries at the same hospital.
The other passenger, Mohd Fazzri Mohd Amri, 22, had light injuries.
The trio were travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan when the accident happened.
“After hitting the animal, the vehicle went out of control and slammed into the road divider, overturned and ended up in the middle lane upside down,” Ahmad Fadzillah told reporters here today.
Ahmad Fadzillah said after the accident another car, a Perodua Kelisa, also from Kuala Lumpur struck the dead cow and skidded but its driver, Sahlan Mat Nor, 22, only suffered light injuries.
Abdullah’s body was taken to his village in Pulau Tambun, Pekan this morning and he was buried at the Kampung Marhum Muslim Cemetary at 12.30pm, next to his wife, Hasimah Ngah, who died on 20 Nov last year.
Abdullah leaves behind seven children.
Abdullah began his duties as executive secretary in 1996 when Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob (now Malacca Yang Dipertua Negeri) was chair of the state Umno liaison committee.
Among VIPs who paid their last respects was the Tengku Muda of Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah. — Bernama