BUKIT MERTAJAM: Farmer Abdul Halim Abdul Kadir, 52, has lost count of the number of girls that he has helped to escape from vice over the past 20 years.
He has been helping parents and police locate many missing girls who were duped by their boyfriends to work in sleazy massage parlours or nightclubs as guest relation officers or prostitutes.
Most of these girls were innocent and did not know what was awaiting them when they left their villages to work in big towns.
There were also those who were lured with wealth and were eventually forced into prostitution, he said during an interview at his family home in Kubang Semang here yesterday.
The father of four said police had advised parents who came to lodge missing person reports to seek his help in view of his connections with those in the business.
Abdul Halim, popularly known as Haji Halim Kubang Semang, said parents, some from as far as Kedah and Perak, would approach him with their daughters photographs for help.
The latest case that he had helped solve was of a missing underaged girl last month.
Apart from parents, there were also husbands whose wives had run away with their boyfriends, he added.
With those photographs, I would go to lounges to meet my old friends and ask whether the girls were working with them. We have to use the subtle approach because these lounge owners would not entertain strangers except for police and the authorities.
Once located, I would take the girls back to my house to meet their parents. My wife, Tijah Ibrahim, would also counsel these young girls and most told her they had been cheated, he added.
Apart from saving girls from vice, Abdul Halim had also helped the police nab drug pushers and addicts in Bukit Mertajam.
Due to his active involvement with the police, Abdul Halim received a commendation letter from the central Seberang Prai district police last March.
When I look at my four grandchildren, I realise that something should be done to protect them from evil doings. However, I should help others first so that God would in return help me. I believe in retribution, he added.