Wife can’t wait to be re­united with hubby

New Straits Times - - News -

TAWAU: Mohd Ridzuan Is­mail’s wife could not hold back her tears when she learned that her hus­band was among three hostages res­cued by the Philip­pines se­cu­rity forces on Sun­day.

Hariyanti Hamsi, 31, said she had hoped the kid­nap­pers would re­lease her hus­band and his two col­leagues — Fandy Bakran, 27, and Mohd Ju­madil Rahim, 24 — af­ter two Malaysian hostages were res­cued last Thurs­day.

“It has been eight months and I did not lose hope. When I found out about his res­cue, I was shocked and happy.

“We have missed him so much. Our 3-year-old daugh­ter never stopped ask­ing about him. She had told me ev­ery day that her fa­ther would re­turn home soon.

“I hope our re­u­nion will be ar­ranged as soon as pos­si­ble,” she said at her home in Kam­pung Oten­tik, Tan­jung Batu Kera­mat, yes­ter­day.

When asked about the risks in­volved in her hus­band’s job, Hariyanti sighed and said she was still trau­ma­tised by the kid­nap­ping.

“If it were up to me, I would not want him to work at sea any­more. We will def­i­nitely sit to­gether to dis­cuss this mat­ter but not so soon,” she said.

Ef­forts to speak to Fandy and Ju­madil’s fam­i­lies at their re­spec­tive homes in Kam­pung Tan­jung Batu and Ta­man Ria failed as they were not home.

Ju­madil’s neigh­bour, Nuriyanti An­war, 32, said she learned about the res­cue on Har­ian Metro’s on­line news por­tal and rushed to her neigh­bour’s house to share the good news.

“But they were not at home. I am happy that all of them are safe. I am sure ev­ery­one here is wait­ing for him to re­turn. There will be a lot of catch­ing up to do but, of course, we will re­spect their pri­vacy.

In Kuan­tan, Ridzuan’s brother said he hoped Ridzuan would leave Tawau, Sabah, and re­turn to Felda Jengka 7 in Maran, Pa­hang, with his wife and three chil­dren.

Mohd Raisud­din, 31, said Ridzuan moved to Sabah sev­eral years ago af­ter his fa­ther-in-law se­cured him a job.

“Since the salary was promis­ing, Ridzuan re­mained in Sabah, even when I ad­vised him to come home fol­low­ing a series of kid­nap­ping in­ci­dents in Lahad Datu. But he told me he wanted to earn more be­fore re­turn­ing to Pa­hang.

“I am glad that my brother is com­ing home. The Felda vil­lagers here are over­joyed, too, and we are plan­ning a spe­cial doa se­la­mat when he re­turns.”

Hariyanti Hamsi

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