KUALA TERENGGANU - "Thank God, I'm so happy and I'm just speechless. No words can describe my happiness right now," said Ahmad Bustamam Deraman, the father of one of the MT Orkim Harmony's crew members.
He had just heard the news that his son was safe through the Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar's Twitter account.
Ahmad Bustamam said he had not slept for a week worrying about the fate of his fourth son Nor Zaini Ahmad Bustaman, 22.
"How can you sleep knowing that your son is in danger somewhere in the middle of the ocean?
"I am so relieved that all of them are safe" he said when contacted by The Star yesterday.
Ahmad Bustamam, 57, said he had been performing the solat hajat from the day the vessel was reported missing.
"I am thinking of organising a thanksgiving ceremony now that my son and all the crew members on board are safe."
Another crew member's father Abdul Rauf Salleh was similarly relieved after hearing news that his 34-year-old engineer son Nurul Nafis was safe.
"I have been made to understand that our security teams and the Navy were negotiating with the hijackers but I do not know much.
"I am most grateful to the Almighty as my son is safe," he said when contacted at his house in Paroi near Seremban.
Abdul Rauf, 57, also expressed his gratitude to the Malaysian authorities for their hard work in tracing the vessel.
"I am praying that the matter is quickly resolved and for Nurul Nafis to return home and celebrate Ramadan with us," he said.
Nurul Nafis, he said, was the fourth of five siblings and has been working for the company for the past four years.