'Embassy 9' family members thank Najib, Malaysians

IPOH: S. Komala Theinmoli’s joy knows no bounds now her sister, Nirmala Malar Kolai, is safe.

As soon as she found out that her sister, one of the nine Malaysians who had been barred from leaving Pyongyang, was on her way back, she dropped everything to rush to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“Thank you, Malaysians. Thank you, Mr prime minister. My dream to see my sister has finally come true,” she said.

Komala said she learnt about the news after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shared it on social media.

“I was speechless. I can’t wait to see her. My family and I will be at KLIA to welcome her.

“I just can’t wait to hug my sister,” she said before excusing herself to join her family members for a trip to KLIA.

Izlinda Ramli, the eldest sister of Iza Karmila Ramli, 35, expressed her gratitude to Najib and the Malaysian team involved in the negotiations.

“Thank you for the doa (prayer) from the Malaysians who prayed for their safety and smooth process to bring them back.

“I hope Iza, her family and the remaining Malaysians arrive safely,” said the delighted 39-year-old.

Izlinda said she did not know that her sister was on her way from Pyongyang to Kuala Lumpur and was expected to arrive at 5am today as she did not receive any news on the matter.

“I did not receive any update from Wisma Putra as my aunt in Kuala Lumpur, who was the official representative for our family, did not tell me anything.

“I assumed that Wisma Putra wanted to prevent any disappointment among family members should their return to the country be cancelled,” she said yesterday, adding that she only learnt about the good news when she was contacted by the New Straits Times.

Izlinda said Iza had been quiet in their family WhatsApp group since yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Iza’s mother, Maznah Adnan, 63, refused to comment on her daughter’s release and told the NST that she was
in a discussion with a Wisma Putra official.

Iza and her husband, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, a counsellor with the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang, and their three children Annur Zulaikha, Annur Zhafirah and Ayscha Zinnirah, were among the nine Malaysians who were scheduled to arrive home early this morning.