Fam­ily mem­bers of ‘Em­bassy 9’ thank Na­jib, Malaysians

New Straits Times - - News -

IPOH: S. Ko­mala Thein­moli’s joy knows no bounds now her sis­ter, Nir­mala Malar Ko­lai, is safe.

As soon as she found out that her sis­ter, one of the nine Malaysians who had been barred from leav­ing Py­ongyang, was on her way back, she dropped ev­ery­thing to rush to the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“Thank you, Malaysians. Thank you, Mr prime min­is­ter. My dream to see my sis­ter has fi­nally come true,” she said.

Ko­mala said she learnt about the news af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak shared it on so­cial me­dia.

“I was speech­less. I can’t wait to see her. My fam­ily and I will be at KLIA to wel­come her.

“I just can’t wait to hug my sis­ter,” she said be­fore ex­cus­ing her­self to join her fam­ily mem­bers for a trip to KLIA.

Izlinda Ramli, the el­dest sis­ter of Iza Karmila Ramli, 35, ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to Na­jib and the Malaysian team in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Thank you for the doa (prayer) from the Malaysians who prayed for their safety and smooth process to bring them back.

“I hope Iza, her fam­ily and the re­main­ing Malaysians ar­rive safely,” said the de­lighted 39year-old.

Izlinda said she did not know that her sis­ter was on her way from Py­ongyang to Kuala Lumpur and was ex­pected to ar­rive at 5am to­day as she did not re­ceive any news on the mat­ter.

“I did not re­ceive any up­date from Wisma Pu­tra as my aunt in Kuala Lumpur, who was the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for our fam­ily, did not tell me any­thing.

“I as­sumed that Wisma Pu­tra wanted to pre­vent any dis­ap­point­ment among fam­ily mem­bers should their re­turn to the coun­try be can­celled,” she said yes­ter­day, adding that she only learnt about the good news when she was con­tacted by the New Straits Times.

Izlinda said Iza had been quiet in their fam­ily What­sApp group since yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Mean­while, Iza’s mother, Maz­nah Ad­nan, 63, re­fused to com­ment on her daugh­ter’s re­lease and told the NST that she was in a dis­cus­sion with a Wisma Pu­tra of­fi­cial.

Iza and her hus­band, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, a coun­sel­lor with the Malaysian em­bassy in Py­ongyang, and their three chil­dren An­nur Zu­laikha, An­nur Zhafi­rah and Ayscha Zin­ni­rah, were among the nine Malaysians who were sched­uled to ar­rive home early this morn­ing.

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