Woman meets ‘lover’ on FB, agrees to go to Syria
KOTA BARU: Regrets and a broken heart are not the end of a young woman’s nightmare.
She is now in hot water after being arrested for allegedly joining the Islamic State (IS).
The 26-year-old is among 17 suspects in Southeast Asia picked up in a swoop by Interpol between March 28 and April 6.
Her tale of betrayal and heartbreak was related by her mother, who met the girl first at Bukit Aman and then Kajang Prison, where she is being detained.
“My daughter, who is a finalyear medical student in Kuala Lumpur, told me that she knew the man through Facebook since 2015 and was in a relationship.
“However, she said she had never met the local man, known only as Ismail,” she said at her home here.
The widow said her daughter agreed to meet him in Syria and left last August.
Upon reaching Turkey, the daughter realised her folly when she realised her beau was not there as promised.
“According to my daughter, it was too late when she realised her mistake.
“She could not return to Malaysia as she was robbed of all her money and important documents, including her passport.
“She said she was lucky to have met an Indonesian family in Turkey, who took her in.”
The third of five siblings, however, was detained by Turkish authorities early this year at the country’s border as she was about to enter Syria with the Indonesian family.
“The Indonesian family were released as their travel documents were in order, but my daughter was arrested,” she said.
Turkish authorities handed the daughter over to Malaysian authorities in March.
“Her arrest shocked us. We did not think that she would be willing to travel to another country alone just to meet someone who may not even exist.”
The mother said she was sad about her daughter’s predicament, but was nevertheless relieved that she was found eight months after she went missing.
She said her daughter, who was devastated after the death of her previous boyfriend two years ago, sought escape through religion.
“That was when she met Ismail, who promised to take care of her. She told me that it never crossed her mind that she might have chosen poorly,” she said, adding that what her daughter went through should serve as a lesson to all.
It was reported recently that the young woman has since been charged with foreign terror activity.
Federal police Special Branch Counterterrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay was reported to have said the woman had been charged under Section 130JA for supporting terrorist group, read together with Section 511 of the Penal Code for her attempt to enter Syria.