Teary-eyed Malaysian meets his mum after 65 days in Cambodian prison

Talks are going on with Cambodia to release the 47 Malaysians detained without trial in the country. (Bernama pic)

BANTEAY MEANCHEY: After spending 65 days in detention, Yusuf Islam, one of the 47 Malaysians held at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison in Cambodia, finally met his mother, Zunita Sedini, today.

The son and the mother wept and hugged each other during an emotional meeting today.

Zunita, 42, also carried letters from the families of other detainees, which brought them some comfort.

“Any mother would be sad to see their children in prison orange.

“However, I am glad to see Yusuf healthy and calm despite the condition he is in,” she told Bernama News Channel today.

“Some parents have sent letters for their children while some asked me to tell their loved ones to take care of themselves in prison.”

Zunita was among the family members and media personnel who joined the delegation led by Julau MP Larry Sng Wei Shien to Cambodia this morning.

Yusuf, who was overwhelmed by emotion after meeting his mother, expressed his gratitude to those who had offered to help and hoped Malaysians would pray for him and other detainees to be freed soon.

During the meeting, Sng assured the detainees that the government was concerned over their situation.

“Every day, the Malaysian media is filled with stories about you. The government is looking at the case with the authorities in Cambodia.

“Upon returning home, I will be meeting Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah to give them all the information I have gathered from meeting all of you,” he said.

Last Thursday, Sng had revealed that 47 Malaysians, who were believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate, were being held at a prison in Cambodia.

According to him, they were detained without trial and the Malaysian embassy there was not even informed of their detention.