Zumba instructor goes missing

Zumba instructor goes missing
Zumba instructor Asmadi Balkhis.

PETALING JAYA: A 30-year-old Zumba instructor Asmadi Balkhis is believed to have gone missing while on his way back from Kuala Lumpur to Kedah.

According to his brother Amirul Basmie, 32, Asmadi, who had come to KL on Jan 30 with his friend Iskandar had complained of feeling ill.

"Iskandar had told me that Asmadi was returning home as he was not feeling well and even confirmed that he (Asmadi) had taken public transport to head home.

"However, Asmadi who was supposed to be home about four hours later, did not arrive, even after a day," he said when contacted by The Star Online on Friday.

Amirul said that Asmadi's behaviour changed as soon as he started teaching Zumba, and that he had often kept to himself.

"He was an outgoing person who liked to interact, however, after he got involved with his dance, he always isolated himself and rarely answered phone calls.

"We (Asmadi's family) believed that he was being affected by an unseen force, which could have been black magic, and we brought him to consult a bomoh.

"He seemed fine after the session, but then this happened," said Amirul, adding that the family lodged a police report on Feb 19.

Amirul added that the reason for the delayed report was because the family felt it was normal for Asmadi to not contact them when he was away at a friend's place.

"We assumed that he was in good hands but it had been too long since he went missing, and now we are just waiting for an update from the authorities," he said.

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