16-year-old killed in Johor Baru car crash

Student Arif Aiman Norman was travelling in a Singapore-registered car when it crashed in Jalan Segenting. Photos of the mangled vehicle have been shared on Facebook since last Saturday.
Student Arif Aiman Norman was travelling in a Singapore-registered car when it crashed in Jalan Segenting. Photos of the mangled vehicle have been shared on Facebook since last Saturday.PHOTO: RAJA RAJ/FACEBOOK

A 16-year-old student died in a car crash near Paradigm Mall in Johor Baru last Saturday while reportedly on a trip with his football coach and three others.

Arif Aiman Norman, who attended Naval Base Secondary School, was travelling in a Singapore-registered car when it crashed in Jalan Segenting near Taman Johor. The four others on the trip with him were injured.

Photographs of the mangled yellow Honda have been shared on Facebook since Saturday, and showed the vehicle by the side of the road, near a road divider, lamp post and road sign.

One of the Facebook posts said the group made the trip to play in an under-16 football match in Johor Baru.

Naval Base Secondary principal Sulaiman Mohamad Yusof told The Straits Times on Monday night that the school was deeply saddened to hear of the accident. He said Arif was on a personal trip to Johor Baru.

"Arif was a caring and motivated boy, who was well liked by his peers," he added. "The school is in touch with Arif's family to offer our assistance. We are also providing emotional support to affected schoolmates and staff."

Arif's funeral was held on Sunday morning.

Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday that Arif was a member of a youth football team in Woodgrove.

He was part of the team that came in fourth in a futsal competition in March.

An avid football fan, he regularly posted photos on the sport on his Facebook account since he was 10.

On Sunday, Arif's older sister, Nurul Lyana Norman, shared a photo of her brother on Facebook and wrote about his death. Many people offered their condolences to the family in the comments.

In a subsequent post on Monday, she wrote: "I woke up looking for you. I woke up wanting to hear your voice. I woke up waiting for you to ask me to order McDonald's. I woke up wanting to hear you strumming the guitar... Missing you Arif Aiman."

The Straits Times understands that Singapore's consulate-general in Johor Baru was in touch with the Malaysian authorities over the accident. He is also reaching out to the affected families to render consular assistance.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline '16-year-old killed in Johor Baru car crash'. Print Edition | Subscribe