London slavery:Family just wants to see her again soonest

London slavery:Family just wants to see her again soonest
Fond memories: Hasnah holding an old portrait of Siti Aishah during an interview at her house in Jelebu.

JELEBU - Hasnah Abdul Wahab, the eldest of Siti Aishah's siblings, wants to see her long-lost sister before she breathes her last.

The 88-year-old, when met at her home in Kuala Klawang near here, said her prayers to see Siti Aishah, whom she last saw 45 years ago, had been answered.

"Now that she's been found, I hope she will come home. I can't wait to see her again," she told The Star while looking at an old picture of the now 69-year-old Siti Aishah.

Hasnah said she was elated when told by another sister, Kamar Mahtum, 73, that one of the three women believed to have been held for more than three decades by a cult-like Maoist sect in London was Siti Aishah.

"My sister Siti Aishah, who was a former student at the Tunku Kurshiah College, was a very bright girl.

"I have so longed for her and hope to meet her soonest," she said adding that Siti Aishah was the eleventh of 12 siblings.

Hasnah's daughter Siti Zawiyah Othman, 55, said the family had tried to look for her aunt in Britain but their efforts were unsuccessful.

"One of my uncles who was working as a bank officer in London met her twice a long time ago, but she disappeared again," she said.

Siti Zawiyah said she also met Siti Aishah in London when she was 10 years old.

She also took a swipe at a news portal for claiming that Siti Aishah sought refuge in London purely because of her leftist tendencies.

"Although my aunt may have been influenced by leftist ideology, she only went to London after being awarded a scholarship to pursue her studies.

"My aunt may have been influenced in such a way as she always fought for the rights of people from all walks of life from a very young age," she said.

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