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SEPANG: The sufferings of three siblings who were tortured by their stepmother in Lampung, Indonesia, ended today as they arrived home safely after being 'rescued' by Umno Youth.
Nurul Safiza Fitri, 11, said her 25-year-old stepmother had not only forbade her and her two siblings, Muhammad Nurhan, nine, and Nurmasyita Amiera, eight, to enter school, but also had forced them to go into the forest from early morning to late evening to find forest products that can be sold.
"We were only given two scoops of rice a day...and if we ever make a mistake, even a minor mistake, she'll beat us," she told reporters upon arriving at the KL International Airport here today.
Their elder sister, Siti Norzana, 12, could not be brought back to Malaysia as she is living with a relative in Temusuci, Indonesia.
Umno Youth Community Complaints Bureau chairman Khairun Aseh said the effort to bring the siblings home was mounted by the bureau's officers, Zuhairi Selamat, 39, Kamal Khalid Kamaluddin, 29, who went to Lampung on June 26.
"The various obstacles encountered by the officers during their mission did not dampen their spirit to rescue the children from their sufferings.
"I would also like to thank the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia and the Indonesian authorities for their help in bringing the children home," he told reporters after receiving the three siblings at the airport here.
Khairun said the children's problems began when their Sabahan mother, Mohaina Asmad, 34, left them with their father, Nordi Adi, 57, in 2005.
In 2007, Nordi married the Indonesian women, Kasini Kaslam, who was then 18 years old, and decided to settle down in her hometown. A year later, Nordi returned to Malaysia alone to find a job before deciding to bring all of his family members back to Malaysia.
"However, Kasini did not agree to the plan and she put a price for Nordi to take his children home," Khairun said.
Khairun said Nordi had given RM27,000 to Kasini, but still, she refused to release the children.
"It was then that he asked for our assistance and Alhamdulillah (All Praises be to Allah), our officers managed to take them out of there to enjoy a better life in Malaysia," he added.
Relating the effort, Zuhairi said there were many obstacles that he and Kamal Khalid had to deal with, including a confrontation with the villagers in Lampung, who did not understand the actual situation.
"We also had problems with the Immigration Department as the children were brought into the republic in an illegal manner. They do not have any travel documents. However, after several discussions, they were given approval to leave," he said.
Meanwhile, Nordi said he could not imagine the sufferings that would be faced by his children if they were not allowed to return to Malaysia.
"I would like to thank the government for helping me to bring my children home. Otherwise, I may not see them again," he said, while holding back tears.
Nordi said he had also divorced his wife and would ensure that his children would have a better life. Bernama