JB hospital fire: Johor Queen Raja Zarith in heartfelt Facebook post, says tragedy brings back memories of visiting late son

Johor's Queen Raja Zarith Sofiah visits patients at Hospital Sultanah Aminah after the fire.
Johor's Queen Raja Zarith Sofiah visits patients at Hospital Sultanah Aminah after the fire.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/QUEEN RAJA ZARITH SOFIAH IDRIS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor Queen Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah has penned a moving Facebook post relating how the recent tragedy at Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) brought back memories of visiting her late son there.

She said flashbacks of her late son, Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Tunku Ibrahim, ran through her mind when visiting nurses injured during Tuesday's (Oct 25) fire.

"When I saw the mother of one of the nurses, I had to hold back my tears and smiled instead. I remembered what it was like to see my late son in pain and how helpless I felt," she wrote.

Raja Zarith said the incident reminded her of the fragility of life and how lives could be changed within minutes.


At that point in time, she said that she wanted to be with her children "just to see them and touch them, and know they are healthy as well".

It has been almost a year since Tunku Abdul Jalil, the youngest in the family, passed away due to liver cancer.

"My family and I will continue to support everyone involved in this tragedy. We've already discussed how we will try to get donations for the medical equipment the hospital needs. We're in this together. Muafakat Johor (a United Johor)," she said.

The hospital caught fire twice in the span of two days, the first at the intensive care unit on Tuesday and then at an operating theatre the next day.

Six of seven patients in the intensive care unit died in the first incident, but no casualties were reported in the second incident.