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