Malaysian Siblings Unable to See Each Other One Last Time Before Burial

Tragedy strikes Malaysian navy officer Joanna Felicia Rohna's family as she perishes in a helicopter crash during a Navy Day parade rehearsal, leaving her loved ones devastated and awaiting her remains.

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Malaysian Siblings Unable to See Each Other One Last Time Before Burial

Malaysian Siblings Unable to See Each Other One Last Time Before Burial

Tragedy struck the family of Able Seaman Joanna Felicia Rohna, a Malaysian navy officer who was among 10 personnel killed in a helicopter crash during a rehearsal for the 90th Navy Day parade in Lumut, Perak. The incident has left Joanna's family and community in Kampung Engkeroh, Serian, deeply saddened and grieving.

Joanna's remains are expected to be laid to rest today in the village Christian cemetery, next to her husband's village of Kampung Engkaroh Tebakang. However, her younger sisters, Honey Vivianne, 16, and Diyanne Yanz, 14, expressed their heartbreak at not being able to see their sister one last time before the burial.

The village of Kampung Engkaroh came together in a gotong-royong (community work) to prepare the burial site. Joanna, the eldest among five siblings, was married with two children. Her 20-year-old brother, Roderic Crister, shared memories of their childhood and said the family is waiting for their parents, who were flown to Kuala Lumpur to make arrangements for the return of Joanna's body.

Why this matters: The tragic loss of Able Seaman Joanna Felicia Rohna in the line of duty has deeply affected her family and community. The inability of her younger sisters to see her one last time before the burial adds to the heartbreak and highlights the profound impact of such sudden losses on loved ones.

Joanna's remains will be transported back home by a Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130 plane. Her grieving grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends have gathered in Kampung Engkeroh to await the return of her remains. The Navy Day celebration was subsequently cancelled following the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Joanna and nine other navy personnel.

Key Takeaways

  • Able Seaman Joanna Felicia Rohna killed in helicopter crash during Navy Day rehearsal.
  • Joanna's family and community in Kampung Engkeroh, Serian, deeply saddened by her death.
  • Joanna's younger sisters unable to see her one last time before burial.
  • Joanna's remains to be transported by RMAF C-130 plane, family awaits her return.
  • Navy Day celebration cancelled following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed 10 lives.