Families appeal to authorities to look for missing duo in Jakarta


KUALA LANGAT: The families of two Malaysians who are reported missing in Jakarta, Indonesia, since March 30 (Thursday) are appealing to the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities to initiate efforts to find them as quickly as possible.

Kamarol Arifin Mohamad Darus, 27, and Mohd Shafa Ahmad, 29, were reportedly last seen when boarding an AirAsia aircraft for Jakarta at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) in Sepang at 2pm on March 30.

Kamarol Arifin’s mother, Hamidah Kordi, 65, said previously he had never failed to inform the family as to his whereabout and she was worried in case the duo were facing “something bad”.

“My son and his friend were scheduled to return from Jakarta on Sunday night but they never did… I am worried, who knows if they are in trouble because it has never been like this (not revealing their destination),” she told reporters when met here today.

According to Hamidah, before departing for Jakarta to attend a concert, Kamarol Arifin and his friend were in very high spirit and were impatient to set foot for the first time in Indonesia.

Kamarol Arifin, a messenger and his friend, Shafa, a technician in Klang, had planned to go to Jakarta with six others, but the duo had to fly two hours earlier because tickets were sold out when they tried booking in February.

However, their six friends failed to meet the duo in Jakarta, and the two also failed to check in where they were supposed to be staying.

Meanwhile, Shafa’s sister, Darwina Ahmad, 32, said the two families had lodged reports with the police, Wisma Putra and the Malaysian Immigration Department on Monday after they failed to return as scheduled.

She said her brother had experience travelling abroad, including in the line of work, and should not have encountered difficulties visiting Indonesia.

“Reports have been made. If they still cannot be found, we plan to go to Jakarta to look for them,” she added.