Wiwin grabs chance to celebrate Raya with family

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  • Sunday, 31 Oct 2004

MALACCA: The last time Wiwin Belantara celebrated Hari Raya with his parents and siblings at their home in Kerinchi, in the Jambi province of Sumatra, was in 1998. 

The 21-year-old illegal worker said he missed his family a lot and decided to take up the amnesty offer by the Malaysian Government to go home. 

“I want to celebrate Raya there and I am excited about seeing my parents back home,” he said.  

Wiwin: One of those who left Malaysia on a ferry from Malacca to Dumai on Friday.

He was one of those who left Malaysia from the Bandar Hilir jetty here on a ferry to go to Dumai, Sumatra, on Friday, the first day of the 17-day amnesty period.  

Wiwin said that after reaching Dumai he would have to journey by bus for about 24 hours to get home. 

The former construction worker who then worked as a wiring man in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, said he earned about RM1,350 a month and sent home RM800 to his parents. 

Wiwin said he came to Malaysia in 1998 at the age of 15 and was subsequently arrested and deported.  

He returned to Malaysia the same year.  

However, his working permit expired in 2001 although his passport is valid until next year. 

Asked whether he would return to Malaysia, Wiwin smiled and said he had no plans to do so at the moment.  

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