Bandung (ANTARA) - The family of West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil expressed gratitude for the support and encouragement offered by various parties over the disappearance and death of Kamil's eldest son, Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz.

Family representative Elpi Nazmuzzaman stated that the family is overwhelmed by the support from various parties expressed through various mediums.

"Sympathetic statements (expressed) in various forms that we have accepted encourage us and have touched us," Nazmuzzaman, Kamil's younger brother, stated at the governor's official residence, Gedung Pakuan, here on Tuesday.

He said that a total of 1,200 condolence wreaths were received by the family from various parties conveying their condolences over the death of Mumtadz.

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Moreover, some eight thousand mourners attended Mumtadz's funeral in Cimaung Village, Bandung District, on Monday (Jun 13), and residents ceaselessly visited the official residence for the last 17 days to express their condolences and attend Quran recitation sessions organised for Mumtadz, the family representative noted.

"We do not intend to exaggerate the number, but I must say that we might be struggling to convey our gratitude," Nazmuzzaman remarked.

He also expressed his family's gratitude to the Ulemas and Islamic clerics that welcomed the family that sought assistance on Mumtadz's death and suggested ways to cope and handle the situation according to the Islamic faith.

"(They have assisted us) in handling the deceased in an extraordinary situation, in terms of the funeral aspect, and how to cope when (Mumtadz's body) had not yet been found," he stated.

The family will cease informing the public about Mumtadz following the conclusion of his funeral on Monday, he stated, adding that the congregational prayer activities for Mumtadz will continue for several days.

"While now, Ridwan Kamil is preparing himself to return to his duty as governor," Nazmuzzaman added.

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Translator: Bagus Ahmad R, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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