Malaysian woman, hus­band and 3 kids stranded in Py­ongyang

New Straits Times - - News - HARIZ MOHD AND FAISAL ASYRAF KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Balqis Lim

AMALAYSIAN fam­ily was pre­vented from board­ing a flight to leave North Korea yes­ter­day.

A Face­book post by one Kamil Ghaz­ali claimed that his cousin, Iza Karmila Ramli, her hus­band and their three chil­dren were among Malaysians who were stopped by North Korean au­thor­i­ties dur­ing an at­tempt to catch a flight to re­turn to Malaysia.

“My cousin, Iza Karmila, her hus­band, and three chil­dren were among Malaysian cit­i­zens who were pre­vented from leav­ing North Korea.

“They got stopped right be­fore board­ing an air­craft to re­turn home,” he said in a Face­book post ti­tled “Ta­hanan” (prisoner) yes­ter­day.

Kamil, who ac­cord­ing to his so­cial me­dia ac­count works as a real es­tate agent, asked his friends and Malaysians to pray for the safety of his cousin and her fam­ily in North Korea.

“May they be pro­tected by Al­lah and re­turn home safely.”

It is learnt that Iza Karmila is the wife of Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, a coun­sel­lor with the Malaysian em­bassy in Py­ongyang.

How­ever, the Face­book post did not spec­ify when Iza Karmila and her fam­ily tried to board the flight.

At­tempts to get fur­ther com­ment from Kamil last night were fu­tile, as he said his cousin’s fam­ily had asked him not to make any fur­ther state­ment.

FB POST Iza Karmila (left) and her hus­band, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, with their three chil­dren are stranded in North Korea.

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