Coun­sel­lor’s fam­ily prays for his safety

New Straits Times - - News -

The fam­ily of coun­sel­lor at the Malaysian em­bassy in Py­ongyang Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain is wor­ried for his safety and hopes for the safe re­turn of all Malaysians in North Korea.

Azrin’s youngest sis­ter, who de­clined to be named, said the only con­so­la­tion was that the diplo­matic of­fi­cer had as­sured them ev­ery­thing was fine de­spite be­ing barred from leav­ing the coun­try.

“We are very con­cerned for the safety of my brother, his wife and their chil­dren. But, so far, he told us ev­ery­thing is okay.

“We are also able to con­tact them from time to time to check on them, so it gives us some sort of re­lief,” she told the New Straits

Times at their mother’s house in Kam­pung Raja Uda yes­ter­day.

The sis­ter, who is in her 20s, said the fam­ily had also per­formed doa se­la­mat at the nearby mosque on Wed­nes­day to pray for the Malaysians in Py­ongyang.

She said her mother, Norhay­ati Hamid, who was at home, was not ready to face the me­dia yet.

“She is fine and con­tin­ues to go about her daily rou­tine, like go­ing to the mosque for re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties.”

When asked about a me­dia re­port that Azrin and his fam­ily had tried to leave North Korea with only their clothes, but were stopped by the au­thor­i­ties, Azrin’s sis­ter de­nied it.

“It’s not true. That re­port that said they tried to run away ‘se­he­lai seping­gang’ made it sound like my brother was a refugee.”

Azrin, who is the el­dest of three sib­lings, was among 11 Malaysians who were barred from leav­ing North Korea fol­low­ing strained diplo­matic ties be­tween Malaysia and North Korea.

He had been liv­ing in Py­ongyang for three years with his wife Iza Karmila Ramli, and their three chil­dren aged be­tween three and six — An­nur Zu­laikha, An­nur Zhafi­rah and Ayscha Zin­ni­rah.

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Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak on the phone with coun­sel­lor at the Malaysian em­bassy in North Korea Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain at Par­lia­ment House yes­ter­day.

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Iza Karmila Ramli’s mother, Maz­nah Ad­nan (right), and fam­ily mem­bers dur­ing a ‘doa se­la­mat’ cer­e­mony in Sitiawan, Perak, yes­ter­day.

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