Shot cook's family relieved to hear he is recovering well

Shot cook's family relieved to hear he is recovering well
The hijacked tanker MT Orkim Harmony, which had 6,000 tonnes of petrol in its hold and 22 crew aboard, has been given fresh touches of paint and had its name altered to "Kim Harmon" by pirates.

KOTA BARU: The family of Mawit Matin, the cook aboard MT Orkim Harmony who was shot by pirates, is relieved to hear that he is recuperating well at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian here.

The 46-year-old cook's brother Marzuki Mohd Riro, 51, said the family was relieved to hear that Mawit was well and under good care at the hospital.

"They spoke to my brother for about 30 minutes from Indonesia and they are grateful that he is okay although he was shot in the buttocks.

"He was also allowed to speak to his wife and four children who are at Bangkalan, Madura, Indonesia in the morning," Marzuki said when met at the hospital here yesterday.

He would like to bring Mawit back to Indonesia but did not know when his brother would be well enough to travel.

Marzuki said Mawit's wife was unable to come to Malaysia due to financial constraints and was eagerly waiting for her husband's return.

Efforts to interview Mawit were unsuccessful as his ward was guarded by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency personnel.

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