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Missing Malaysian Woman Found In Basilan Island, Mindanao.
Abdul Ghani, who works in a private company in Pasir Gudang, received calls from Wisma Putra and the Malaysian Consulate in Davao, Philippines yesterday that his daughter, Siti Nor Shafika, 20, had been found.
Despite feeling relieved on his daughter's whereabout, Abdul Ghani was puzzled and shocked to learn that her daughter was happy in Basilan Island and refused to return to home.
"Wisma Putra and the Malaysian Consulate representative said my daughter is now in a village in Basilan Island in southern Philippines controlled by militant groups.
"However, they (Wisma Putra and Consulate representative) said my daughter in a letter claimed she had married and wanted to continue staying in the island and did not wish to return to Malaysia," he said when met by Bernama today.
Siti Nor Shafika was believed to be in Barangay Kunhun-Lenhuh, Al-Barka Municipality, Pulau Basilan.
Also present in the interview was his wife, Rosmah Abdul Kadir.
Abdul Ghani however did not believe the statements made by his daughter in the letter as in the last telephone conversation they had, Siti Nor Shafika expressed her wish to return home.
In two more telephone calls during the two-year hiatus, Siti Nor Shafika according to him, voiced concerns about her safety there.
"She said there were frequent shootings and wanted to find a way back to Malaysia," he said.
He was confident her daughter was still fillial to the family and might have been forced by parties in Basilan Island to write the letter.
Abdul Ghani said he doubted the letter as no Malaysian consul officers had actually met Siti Nor Shafika and the meetings were held with a local group.
"I believe if my daughter could meet a Wisma Putra official or the consul office in Davao without the presence of other parties, she would express her wish to return home," he said.
"I hope Wisma Putra and the Malaysian Consul in Davao will arrange for a face-to-face meeting with Siti Nor Shafika and bring her home as I am worried of her safety," he said.
Abdul Ghani, 45, was also concerned about her daughter's status as an illegal immigrant in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, sources told Bernama, efforts to track down Siti Nor Shafika in Basilan Island were being made with the Philippines police intelligence in Mindanao as well as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Cooperation with local authorities was crucial as Siti Nor Shafika was found in an area controlled by several militant groups and was dangerous for outsiders.
In August last year, Bernama reported about how Abdul Ghani desperately tried to trace his daughter who was believed to have ran off to the Philippines in March 2012.
His efforts to find Siti Nor Shafika has so far been unsuccessful until yesterday.
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