London Slavery: Malaysian officials appeal to British authorities for access to victim

London Slavery: Malaysian officials appeal to British authorities for access to victim

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian High Commission in London has appealed to British authorities to let them speak to a woman, said to be a Malaysian, who was rescued after being held as a domestic slave with two others for 30 years.

High Commissioner Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong said his officials had yet to be allowed to meet the 69-year-old woman.

Zakaria said this could not be confirmed although several local dailies had also reported similar backgrounds and personalities involved.

"We need to talk to this woman to establish her nationality immediately. At the moment, the police are not allowing us to meet her.

"We are naturally concerned and are doing whatever we can to be able to assist her. This includes sending her home, if she is indeed Malaysian," he said when contacted on Tuesday.

Zakaria said the High Commission could not decide on the woman's citizenship based on Freedom Charity's assertion that she was a Malaysian.

He appealed to anyone in Malaysia to come forward with details of his long-lost relatives who had come to Britain.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had said on Friday that Wisma Putra was seeking details on the case.

Information on the case continue to be sparse, with British police remaining tight-lipped on the rescue of the three women, the other two being a 30-year-old British and 57-year-old Irish, on Oct 25 in London's Lambeth district.

One of the captives had earlier called Freedom Charity after watching a TV documentary on the NGO.

The Metropolitan Police have arrested their two alleged captors who have been granted bail until a date in January.

Earlier The Telegraph reported that a Malaysian family has spoken to the English press claiming to be related to the Malaysian woman who was saved from alleged slavery in Lambert recently.

The Daily Telegraph spoke to retired teacher Kamar Mautum who claims to be the sister of the 69-year-old victim, whom Kamar said disappeared from the family's lives after joining a Maoist sect.

Kamar names the victim as her sister Aishah, who she says was a bright student who studied in an elite school here before winning a Commonwealth scholarship, which brought her to London in the late 1960s.

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