Former Al-Ma'unah man hopes to lead normal life

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  • Thursday, 27 Nov 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by LOO YOK SOI, SIM LEOI LEOI and S. ARULLDAS

A FORMER Al-Ma’unah member expressed the wish to resume his normal life after having been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for three years, Berita Harian reported yesterday. 

Ramdi Abdullah, from Kuala Terengganu, said he felt thankful that he and 14 other former members were released a day before Hari Raya, allowing them to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families. 

“My hope now is to go back to normal life and get a good job,” he said, adding that he was told of his release from detention at 5.30am on Monday morning. 

“News of the release gave us hope that we would be able to return to our family and society,” said Ramdi, an industrial training graduate who was picked up on Sept 14 in Klang while working as a medical supplies technician with a private company. 

Members of the group had been detained under the ISA following the arms heist at the 304 Infantry Battalion (TA) Camp in Gerik, Hulu Perak, and an attempt to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from the end of June until July 6, 2000. 

Although the 15, who were released last Monday were not directly involved in the two offences, they were detained for their alleged involvement in the group. 

The release was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the Home Minister, in a statement. 

“I arrived home at around 1.30am today (Tuesday) when other Muslims were busy making preparations to celebrate the First Day of Syawal,” said Ramdi. 

His father Abdullah Puteh, 68, said he was glad to be able to meet his son after having missed celebrating three Hari Rayas with him. 

The daily also reported Customs Department director-general Tan Sri Abdul Halil Mutalib as saying the Government would ensure that every major port in the country would be installed with a high-technology scanner to curb luxury car smuggling. 

“The installation will be carried out in stages because the cost is quite high, some RM6mil a unit,” he said, adding that such a scanner had been installed in Port Klang.  

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