Zainab and her husband were devastated but held no grudge against the bus driver.
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The mother of the 16-month old girl, who died when she was run over by a school bus, said she has no hard feelings and held no grudge against the 50-year-old bus driver.
My husband and I have accepted the fact that our daughter is gone.Victim’s mother, Zainab Mohideen Abdul Kadar (37)
On Thursday, 26 May, the toddler was fatally run over by the bus in Taman Anggerik, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi in Sepang.
The toddler ran after her sister, who came out of the house to board the bus to school. The bus driver was arrested on Friday, 27 May, and has been released on bail after giving his statement.
Although Zainab is devastated, she understands that the driver did not intend to crash into her daughter. The driver also apologised profusely.
Berita Harian reported that she also told the police not to harm the driver, who has been driving the bus for about 25 years.
I haven’t met the driver, because he is still traumatised by what had happened. He has called me and apologised for what happened and I forgive him. I can’t blame the driver. Even when the family’s statement was recorded by the police, I told the police that this driver was not to be harmed. I have no revenge against this driver, he has been a bus driver for about 25 years. My husband and I have no problem with the driver. We have to accept what had happened and cannot take vengeance upon him.Zainab Mohideen Abdul Kadar
What happened that day
Zainab and her husband were at work, and their children were cared for by her mother-in-law.
The victim’s third sister 13-year-old Nurul Aishah Mohamad Kassim stood on the steps of the bus to pass pocket money to the victim’s fifth sister who was already on the bus.
After passing the money, Nurul got off the bus and realised the victim, Zahida, was already under the bus as it started to move.
I kept shouting and pulled out my sister because I was afraid that Zahida would be run over a second time, by the rear tire of the bus. My grandmother and our neighbours who heard my screams came out and asked what happened and one of the neighbours helped us to bring Zahida to a nearby clinic.Victim’s third sister Nurul Aishah Mohamad Kassim
The driver apologised profusely to the victim’s grandmother and said he didn’t realise that Zahida was underneath the left side of the bus.
The grandmother told him to send the students to school first before it was too late. After doing so, the bus driver returned to the house to ask about Zahida’s condition and apologised again.
My mother reassured him that it was okay and that she did not blame the driver or me. We both did not notice Zahida coming out of the house.Nurul Aishah Mohamad Kassim
Nurul shared that her late sister, Zahida, was very ‘manja’ with everyone and close to their father and grandmother.
She said Zahida loved to follow wherever she went, and she liked joking around with her.