Compiled by VINCENT TAN, THO XIN YI, HANIS ZAINAL and R. ARAVINTHAN
TWO six-year-old girls who were missing for several hours turned up later, claiming a mysterious kakak (older sister) took them to play beside a pond, Kosmo! reported.
Nurul Husna Ab Hadi and her cousin Nik Nur Ariesa Muhd Zurariri were reported missing after their kindergarten session in Kampung Tok Malek, Tumpat, ended at 12.30pm on Monday.
Nurul Husna’s mother Hazama Hassan, 44, realised her daughter had not come home by 12.45pm and rushed to the kindergarten.
“Some villagers told me she left at 12.30pm with Nur Ariesa,” Hazama said, adding that a 50-strong search party covered the whole village but failed to find the girls.
She also lodged a police report.
The girls were found at 2.35pm at separate locations. Nurul Husna was found at a durian orchard 100m from her house, while Nur Ariesa was found at a bamboo grove 50m from the kindergarten.
According to Nurul Husna, an older girl had tugged on her arm and asked her to play near a pond.
A neighbour, Zawiyah Ismail, 48, said the girls were found tired and drenched, with leeches on their bodies and their bags filled with water and mud.
> The same daily also reported that a six-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the same time his late father was diagnosed with brain tumour is still struggling to cope with the loss.
Mazliana Ahmad, 34, said her son Muhammad Adam Awaluddin was closest to her late husband Mohd Helmey Abu Kassim, who passed away on Dec 14.
“He keeps asking me, ‘If I pray for a long time, will my father come back to life?’
“I am saddened by his question and don’t know how to answer it,” said Mazliana.
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