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Mother of Malaysian detainee emotional for son’s release

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Zunita Sedini, mother of one of the 47 Malaysian detainees who were arrested during a raid on alleged illegal gambling, shares how she felt when she first caught sight of her son after 65 days of being held in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison. Photo/KT

Zunita Sedini, mother of one of the 47 Malaysian detainees Yusuf Islam Abdul Halik, could not believe her ears when she was informed by Malaysian journalists of her son’s release from detention in the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison for the past 65 days.

It took her sometime to register what was informed to her and she burst up into tears when other reporters called her and told the same.

Speaking to Khmer Times by telephone, Ms Zunita said, “This is the happiest day of my life to hear about this release. I am grateful to the Cambodian authorities and the Malaysian officials for making this possible”.

“I am also thankful to Khmer Times for giving me the opportunity to express my feelings after my visit and brief unification with my son last Wednesday.”

“I and the families of other detainees are planning to have a big welcoming ceremony at Kuching airport tomorrow or whenever they arrive. I will also advise my son to follow my instruction to be more disciplined and not venture out to look for employment outside Malaysia no matter how lucrative the salary offer is.”

She said she will try her best to find employment for her son and that she will also advise the families of the other detainees to do the same.

“I am so excited along with my husband and my other children and we can’t wait for him to be back in our arms. I hope he can give me a call for me to hear that he is freed with my own ears.”

The families of the now-freed detainees plan to have a religious ceremony to express their gratitude to God that He answered their prayers.



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