EX-HOSTAGE EA­GER TO JOIN MMEA

Ridzuan sub­mit­ted his med­i­cal re­port to the mar­itime agency on Tues­day

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MOHD Ridzuan Is­mail is a step closer to se­cur­ing a job that may take him to the east coast of Sabah, where he was kid­napped by the Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tant group last year.

Ridzuan, 33, who was held hostage for over eight months in south­ern Philip­pines, sub­mit­ted his med­i­cal re­port to com­plete his ap­pli­ca­tion to join the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) on Tues­day.

The fa­ther of three said his two other sailor friends — Fandy Bakran, 27, and Mohd Ju­madil Rahin, 24, — also re­ceived sim­i­lar in­struc­tions from MMEA and they have com­pleted all the nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures.

“Af­ter months of pray­ing and wait­ing pa­tiently, some good news (med­i­cal check-up) has fi­nally ar­rived and we hope ev­ery­thing will go smoothly.

“I be­gan job hunt­ing af­ter Hari Raya when the much-an­tic­i­pated tele­phone call came from MMEA.

“Fandy and Ju­madil have also sub­mit­ted their med­i­cal re­ports and I hope the three of us will re­ceive some good news soon,” he said yes­ter­day.

The el­dest of seven sib­lings, Ridzuan said he was also pre­pared to re­turn and be sta­tioned in Sabah if the job re­quired him to do so. He could speak the lo­cal di­alects and had knowl­edge about the lo­cal cul­ture af­ter spend­ing sev­eral years work­ing as a sailor in Tawau, Sabah.

Ridzuan, along with Fandy and Ju­madil, was among five Malaysians re­ported miss­ing af­ter their tug­boat was found aban­doned in Dent Haven, off La­had Datu, on July 18 last year.

They were res­cued by Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces on March 23 af­ter Abu Sayyaf mem­bers aban­doned them.

Ridzuan said the sup­port of his fam­ily and sib­lings, who have been reg­u­larly vis­it­ing him at his younger brother Mohd Raisud­din’s house in Jengka 7, had helped him re­cover from his or­deal.

“Sup­port from fam­ily and friends has helped me to over­come the dark mem­o­ries and I am now men­tally and phys­i­cally pre­pared to re­turn to work.

“It has been a long break and re­cov­ery ses­sion for me. I get rest­less stay­ing at home nowa­days,” he said, burst­ing into laugh­ter.

Ridzuan said although his sib­lings and friends told him to re­main in Jengka 7 to take care of his late par­ents’ oil palm plan­ta­tion, he said op­por­tu­nity would not knock twice, es­pe­cially when se­cur­ing one’s dream job.

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Mohd Ridzuan Is­mail says he is pre­pared to be sta­tioned in Sabah as he knows the lo­cal di­alects.

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