A Malaysian student was killed and four others were injured when a four-wheel-drive vehicle they were travelling in plunged into a ravine along the road between Petra and Aqabah, about 320 kilometres from Aman, Jordan, on Friday.
Sumaiyah Romli died in the accident, the Education Ministry said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today. She was a first year physical astronomy student at the University College London (UCL), sponsored by the Public Service Department (PSD).
The injured are Muhammad Nazirul Mubin Nasruddin, Mohamad Shukri Alias, Nur Ili Dayana Mazlan @ Masgelan and Humairak Ibrahim.
Muhammad Nazirul and Humairak are third-year students in Islamic economy and banking at the University of Yarmouk, while Muhamad Shukri is a third year student at the same university. Nur Ili Dayana, in fourth year at UCL, is a Bank Negara Malaysia-sponsored student.
All the victims were sent to the Queen Rania Abdullah Hospital in Petra, Jordan.
The Malaysian Education Office in Jordan and the PSD are in the process of arranging for the return of Sumaiyah's body.
The families have been informed.
Meanwhile, Rohana Jaafar, a teacher at Sumaiyah's former school, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultanah Asma in Alor Setar, Kedah, described her as well-liked by teachers and loved by her friends.
"From a very young age, she wanted to be an astronomer and Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman was her idol." According to Rohana, Sumaiyah was the only daughter in the family. - Bernama, June 22, 2013.