A dad’s Hari Raya wish, to contact daughter in Chinese prison

Mohamad Lazim Jusoh looks at a picture of Umi Azlim with his youngest child, Muhamad Azlimuslim, in this picture taken in 2016. (Bernama pic)

PASIR PUTEH: A father is appealing for help from the foreign ministry, specifically the Malaysian embassy in China, to allow him to contact his daughter who is serving time in the Guangzhou prison, in view of the upcoming Aidilfitri celebration.

Mohamad Lazim Jusoh, 62, said he had not been able to keep in touch with his daughter, Umi Azlim, 35, even by phone, as he was constantly facing difficulties and hardships 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 this month of Ramadan and the upcoming Aidilfitri,” he said when met at his home in Kampung Cherang Tuli here today.

Umi Azlim, the eldest of six siblings, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 for smuggling heroin into the country when she was 23.

The former army man said he had not received any news from Umi Azlim for two years now, not even a letter.

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

Lazim said just before Ramadan, he had received a call from Wisma Putra asking if he wanted to visit his daughter. However, he refused due to financial problems.

“How can I go there if I don’t have enough money? My pension is just enough for daily necessities,” he said.

However, he voiced hope that the good relations between Malaysia and China could help solve the problem.