Trio missing at sea still alive, insists family


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

MERSING: A fisherman and his two sons have not returned home since Dec 8 when they went to fish in waters off Pulau Aur, and their family believes they are alive on some Indonesian island. 

Abdul Karim Abdul Rashid, 56, Abdul Ismail, 21 and Abdul Ali, 16, left about 2am on the second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri in their fishing boat equipped with the GPS (Global Positioning System), said Abdul Karim’s brother-in-law Rahman Abdul Rahim. 

“I consulted bomoh, about 30 of them, and they said the three are alive and safe but I do not know where,” he told Bernama at Kampung Sri here yesterday. 

Abdul Karim’s wife, Supiah Abdul Rahim, 48, urged the authorities to contact Indonesia over her missing husband and sons “for I have a strong feeling in my heart that they are still alive and have reached that country’s shores.” 

“It has been a month and 17 days, I have been counting the days... my husband said they would return within two days on Dec 10 but have not come home,” she said. 

Supiah, who is ill, asked for help from people who knew the whereabouts of her husband and children, fishermen or others who might have rescued them from the sea. 

“I am confident they are somewhere out there, just as my brother said just now,” she said. 

Supiah said there was no reason for them to disappear unless the RM30,000 boat registered in Terengganu had broken down and sunk. 

Supiah said it was difficult for her to accept that she had lost them as she had to raise her other children, one of whom needed monthly treatment at the hospital. 

Deputy Human Resource Minister Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad, who is Mersing MP, said the Marine Police and navy mounted a search for two weeks since Dec 10 and had to call it off when it was fruitless. 

He said he would help Abdul Karim’s family particularly his children.  

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