PETALING JAYA: National footballer Syafiq Ahmad was involved in an accident early this morning on the North-South Highway, which took the lives of his 22-year-old son and mother-in-law, leaving his wife in critical condition.
Astro Awani said no other vehicle was believed to be involved in the crash, and that the car had skidded before overtaking the divider.
Syafiq was believed to be traveling back to his hometown of Sungei Ara, Bayan Lepas when the accident happened near Sungei Bakap.
He was accompanied by his wife Nur Amalina Nur Ain, 25, a 2-year-old daughter of Aaira Nur Saffiyya, a 22-year-old son, his mother-in-law, Zainab Wahab, 45, and their maid, Titik Sukamti, in his 30s.
Their maid was also killed in the crash, while he and his daughter sustained minor injuries.
According to Awani, Penang Fire and Rescue Department had been notified of the accident at around 5.36pm and arrived at the scene less than 10 minutes later.
A department spokesman said they had seen the black Toyota Vellfire badly damaged with six victims, three of whom were trapped in the vehicle.
Syafiq is a striker with Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and the Harimau faction of Malaya.
In a message on the JDT Southern Tigers official Facebook page, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who owns the club, expressed his condolences to the player.
“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Syafiq Ahmad following the death of his family members. We are always with you, Syafiq. May they rest in peace. Al-Fatihah.
“I plead with the public to refrain from sharing related photos and videos as a mark of respect for Syafiq’s sensitivity and the feelings of the family.”