‘SIS­TER SAID NOTH­ING OF WAN­NDY’S DEATH’

Dis­tant rel­a­tive in Malacca says she’s heard no news about his pass­ing

New Straits Times - - News -

KELLY KOH

ALOR GAJAH kelly.koh@nst.com.my

TWEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

HE death of an Malaysian Is­lamic State (IS) op­er­a­tive, Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi re­port­edly killed in a drone at­tack in Syria, re­mains a mystery to his rel­a­tives in Malacca.

The New Straits Times vis­ited his for­mer home, where he grew up, in Jalan Bukit Tam­bun, Durian Tung­gal, and noted that it was now oc­cu­pied by his dis­tant rel­a­tive.

Esah Abdullah, 72, who has been rent­ing the house since last Novem­ber, said she was un­aware of the news of Wan­ndy’s death.

“I have been rent­ing this home since Novem­ber and I deal with Wan­ndy’s younger sis­ter, who goes by the name of Diana.

“The last time I saw her was on April 29, when she came to col­lect the rental of RM120 from me.

“She did not speak much. Our con­ver­sa­tion lasted less than 10 min­utes.

“She only men­tioned that her mother-in-law was un­well,” she said here yes­ter­day.

Esah said Diana, a food op­er­a­tor, had not said a word about Wan­ndy or any news of him in Syria.

“I only heard of Wan­ndy’s in­volve­ment in ter­ror­ism be­fore this from Diana’s hus­band, who is a con­tract worker.”

Be­sides this house, Wan­ndy’s fam­ily home is also in Jalan Bukit Tam­bunand was pre­vi­ously owned by his late mother, who died four years ago.

One is left va­cant and another, which was pre­vi­ously left unat­tended, is now oc­cu­pied by Esah and her fam­ily.

Esah added that Diana would some­times come to clean the va­cant home, which was re­cently coated with new pink paint.

“When we first came here, we were of­ten vis­ited by the po­lice as this house had been a haven for drug ad­dicts and glue snif­fers,” said Esah, who lives with her hus­band, Hashim Jalil, 81, and their dis­abled daugh­ter, Sari­pah Hashim, 50.

It was re­ported on Mon­day that Wan­ndy was killed in a drone at­tack in Ma’dan, Syria, on Satur­day.

His com­rade, whose na­tion­al­ity is un­known, was also killed.

News of the 27-year-old ter­ror­ist’s death was shared by his wife, Nor Mah­mu­dah Ahmad, 28, on her Face­book page.

How­ever, sources told the NST that although Wan­ndy’s wife had posted about his death, in­tel­li­gence teams were in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the news was a ploy by Wan­ndy to de­ceive peo­ple into think­ing that he had died.

Datuk Seri Dr Ra­hamat Bivi Yu­soff (cen­tre), Datuk Su­raya Yaa­cob (fourth from left) and SL1M chief sec­re­tar­iat No­rashikin Is­mail (fourth from right) with celebri­ties in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS

Esah Abdullah

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