‘Blood ties can never be broken’

 ‘Blood ties can never  be broken’

MALAYSIA - She was at her grandaunt's funeral in the Malaysian state of Terengganu on Dec 10 when she had a flashback.

Malaysian dentist Rohani Embong, 55, remembered long-lost cousin Enah Harun from Singapore.

When they were children, they used to sleep over at each other's homes in Singapore.

But they were separated in 1968 when Madam Rohani's family moved back to Terengganu when they were still in primary school.

The last time they had seen each other was at Madam Rohani's wedding 30 years ago in Terengganu.

Hoping to get in touch with her cousin, Madam Rohani asked her daughter, Madam Nor Hidayati Diyana Nordin, 29, to do a Google search for the name "Enah Harun".

Madam Rohana, a mother of five, said: "I should have done it sooner, (but) being young then, we were too busy with our lives."

Madam Nor Hidayati's search took her to a July 4 report of The New Paper on Madam Enah's son, Mr Arshad Supa'at.

The 25-year-old had been awarded the SP-ITE Scholarship by Singapore Polytechnic and had also received the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal award.

Madam Rohani found his face familiar. She said: "His features bear a resemblance to Madam Enah's, so I asked my daughter to write to TNP about the story."

SHOCKED

When we called Madam Enah last Friday, she was shocked.

The 54-year-old housewife said: "We haven't been in contact (with Madam Rohani) for so long.

"I've always remembered her, but I didn't think she would."

The mother of two was heartened to hear the news.

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