A wife's prayer: Sharifah Erna Berson, 22, cradling her four-month-old son Muhamad Hisyam Izzuddin, and her mother-in law Juna Gumbur, 54, waiting for news about Kons Zakiah Aleip at their home in Sabah. Her husband has called to say he is safe but Sharifah is just hoping he comes home soon. — NORMIMIE DIUN / The Star
SEMPORNA: Hugging her four-month-old son Muhammad Hisham, Sharifah Erna Berson shed tears as she talked about her husband, who is now in the hands of Filipino gunmen.
Wiping her eyes, the 25-year-old housewife said: “Harapan saya ialah dia akan selamat pulang (my hope is for his safe return).”
Sharifah Erna was referring to her husband Kons Zakiah Aleip (pic), who was abducted after gunmen attacked a marine police unit at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort late Saturday.
Fellow marine police personnel Kpl Abdul Rajah Jamuan was killed in the incident that has once again put into focus security threats in Sabah’s east coast.
Sharifah Erna, who hails from the east coast Kunak district, married Kons Zakiah, a native of Tenghilan – about 60km north of Kota Kinabalu – about a year ago. She described Kons Zakiah as a loving husband who loved to spend time with their son when he was off duty.
Kons Zakiah, who joined the police force in 2010, is a radar plotter on the marine police craft. He was having a meal at the restaurant when they were attacked.
Two other marine police personnel were on “anchor watch” to guard the vessel deployed to the resort.
Kons Zakiah was serving in Penang prior to being deployed to Sabah exactly a year ago.