KL police identify 'slave'

FOUND: One of three women held allegedly as slaves in London for 30 years has been confirmed to be Ms Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, who went to Britain to study in 1968 and then went missing.


    Nov 28, 2013

    KL police identify 'slave'


    POLICE in Kuala Lumpur confirmed yesterday that one of three women held allegedly as slaves in London for 30 years was a Malaysian who went missing in the 1960s, prompting a joyous reaction from the long-lost woman's sister.

    Malaysia's top police official, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, citing information provided by British police, confirmed that the woman was Ms Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, The Star newspaper said.

    The other two "slaves"are a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old Briton. Reports said that the Irish woman is Ms Josephine Herivel, the daughter of Mr John Herivel, a leading codebreaker at Bletchley Park who deciphered the Enigma code.

    The police in London have arrested two people identified by British media as radical Maoists Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife, Chanda.

    Ms Siti Aishah, who would now be 69, had left to study in Britain around 1968, but her family lost track of her soon after that, relatives said.

    "I will hug her and cry if she comes back home," her eldest sister, Ms Hasnah Abdul Wahab, 88, said when told of the police announcement.

    "I thank Allah that he has realised my prayers to meet Siti Aishah before I die," she said in the family's hometown of Jelebu in southern Malaysia, as she held a photo of Ms Siti Aishah as a young woman.