Letter from 'Slave' Tells Family of Hopes of Coming Home - The New Indian Express

Letter from 'Slave' Tells Family of Hopes of Coming Home

Published: 02nd December 2013 05:21 PM

Last Updated: 02nd December 2013 05:21 PM

An alleged slave who is thought to have been held captive for 30 years has given her sister a letter to take to her family following their reunion.

Aishah Wahab, 69, is alleged to have been held by the leaders of a Communist collective for 30 years having cut herself off from her family and friends.

Her sister Kamar Mahtum, a retired teacher, said she hoped to reunite with her family.

She said: "I managed to see my sister and it was really nice. She told me she might be coming home by the end of next year. It's a promise and we'll see if she keeps it.

"But there was no photograph of the meeting to show my family that I had met her, so I asked her to write a note to show my siblings and family we really had met.

"In the note she said she was happy she had met me and she misses the people in Malaysia and that she might be coming home in the near future but she told me it would be after one year because of the investigation.

"It was addressed to all the relatives in Jelebu and said, 'I love you'. She put the date on it, the 28th, as proof," she told The Daily Telegraph.

Mrs Mahtum said her sister's disappearance had caused extreme heartache for her family. Miss Wahab had studied at one of Malaysia's most elite schools, eventually winning a Commonwealth scholarship to study surveying in London.

She moved to Britain in 1968 with her fiance and looked forward to balancing an exciting career with a family, but was soon involved in extremist politics, eventually giving up everything to follow a Maoist doctrine.

She fell under the spell of Aravindan Balakrishnan and his partner Chanda, who were last week arrested on suspicion of holding three women against their will for more than three decades in south London.

Speaking from her home near Kuala Lumpur, Mrs Mahtum said their mother's dying wish had been to know what had happened to her daughter. She said: "I have felt so choked without her for years and years. She was so talented, she was the apple of my mother's eye. She asked for her on her death bed."

She added: "When my mother died she [Miss Wahab] did not want to talk to us and I could not do very much."

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