Ex-army man pines for daughter held in China prison

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

PASIR PUTEH: A father is appealing for help from the Foreign Ministry, specifically the Malaysian embassy in China, to connect him with his daughter who is serving time in Guangzhou prison.

Mohamad Lazim Jusoh, 62, said he had not been able to get in touch with his daughter, Umi Azlim, 35, even by phone calls, as he was constantly facing difficulty or hardship in life.

“I really hope to be able to talk to her even for a minute.

“I have been longing to see her and the feeling has become so strong, especially during the month of Ramadan and the upcoming Hari Raya,” he said when met at his home in Kampung Cherang Tuli here.

Umi Azlim, the eldest of six siblings, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 for smuggling heroin into the country.

The army veteran also said he had not received any news or even a letter from his daughter over the past two years.

“Perhaps she could not do it because of the difficulties and restrictions she has to deal with,” he said.

Mohamad Lazim said just before Ramadan, he received a call from Wisma Putra asking him if he wanted to visit his daughter, but he had to decline due to financial constraints.

“How can I go there if I don’t have enough money. my pension is just enough for daily necessities,” he said. He added that the good relations between Malaysia and China might make it possible for him to contact or see his daughter. — Bernama

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