‘PLEASE RELEAS MY SIS­TER’

S. KOMALA Thein­moli is worried sick about her sis­ter, Nir­mala Malar Kodi, who is among the Malaysians barred from leav­ing North Korea. Komala says she once asked her whether it ‘was safe over there. But Nir­mala just said ev­ery­thing will be okay’.

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“PLEASE come back home. Please re­lease my sis­ter. Don’t do any harm to her and her friends there.”

Those were the words of S. Komala Thein­moli, the sis­ter of Nir­mala Malar Kodi, one of the 11 Malaysians barred from leav­ing North Korea.

The 48-year-old veg­etable seller said Nir­mala con­tacted the fam­ily af­ter North Korea an­nounced that Malaysians were barred from leav­ing.

“I am worried about her safety. Nir­mala sent mes­sages on Mon­day night to us on What­sApp say­ing she was okay.

“She (Nir­mala) said ev­ery­thing was fine and told us not to worry,” Komala said at her home in High­land Park here yes­ter­day.

She said the last time she met Nir­mala was when the lat­ter re­turned to Malaysia two years ago.

“Nir­mala is cheer­ful and friendly. I miss her so much. She doesn’t re­ally like to share about her work in North Korea.

“All I know is that she loves her job. She has been work­ing at the Malaysian em­bassy in North Korea for three years. She has an­other two years to go be­fore her con­tract ends.”

Komala said Nir­mala, the third of five sib­lings, was on cloud nine when she re­ceived an of­fer to work in North Korea as she would be re­ceiv­ing ex­tra al­lowance.

“I did ask her, ‘is it safe over there and do you re­ally know North Korea?’, but my sis­ter just said ev­ery­thing would be okay and she in­sisted on go­ing.”

Komala said she hoped the gov­ern­ments could solve this mat­ter am­i­ca­bly.

“I hope Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak will solve this prob­lem with North Korea soon. I al­ways pray for their safety there.”

Py­ongyang on Mon­day barred Malaysians from leav­ing North Korea. The move comes amid an in­creas­ingly heated di­plo­matic row over the killing of Kim Jongnam at klia2 on Feb 13.

North Korea said Malaysians would be barred from leav­ing un­til the “the in­ci­dent that hap­pened in Malaysia is prop­erly solved”.

In re­sponse, Pu­tra­jaya is­sued an or­der bar­ring North Kore­ans from leav­ing Malaysia.

KIM JONG-NAM

ASSASSINATION

PIC COUR­TESY OF FAM­ILY

A photo show­ing S. Komala Thein­moli (seated, left) and her sis­ter, Nir­mala Malar Kodi (stand­ing, right) at their home in Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

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