Sunday September 23, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: When Nurin Jazlin Jazimin ventured to the pasar malam on the night of Aug 20, it was the first and only time she had done so by herself.
Her parents, Jazimin Abdul Jalil, 33, and Norazian Bistamin, 35, had always insisted that their four daughters went out of their second floor flat unit in Wangsa Maju here, whether to the playground or night market, in pairs or more.
“It was a rule for the girls. They know they must never go out alone,” Jazimin’s elder brother Jasni said.
Jasni, 44, said he needed to explain what happened that night because Jazimin and Norazian had been unfairly accused of being careless parents.
He said that night, Nurin Jazlin first went to the night market with her elder sister Jazshira at about 7.30pm.
“They bought murtabak and came back. The family was having guests.
“Nurin then went to the mother and asked for some money to buy hair clips. She asked for permission to go to the night market again,” he said.
Norazian agreed, assuming that Jazshira, nine, would again accompany Nurin Jazlin.
“The mother did not know Nurin had told the elder sister not to follow.
“Later, when Norazian saw the elder girl and asked where Nurin went, it was then that she knew Nurin had gone out alone,” said Jasni.
When Nurin Jazlin did not return home an hour later, the parents started to search for her.
Jazimin expressed disappointment over some press reports and accusations from strangers.
“I have never borrowed money from loan sharks and I am not saddled with heavy debts.
“As for those who blame me and my wife as careless parents, all I can say is this – we love our four girls very much and will never purposely put them in harm’s way,” he said, adding that such accusations hurt him and his wife very much.
“Somebody has sent her to heaven in a very terrible way. The killers must be found. Let no other child suffer like what Nurin had to endure,” he said.
Streams of relatives, neighbours, friends and well-wishers continued to visit Jazimin and Norazian to offer their condolences.
At the tahlil prayers last night, Jazimin said he had told Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar that he wanted to see the face of the killer if he was caught.
“I just want to see the person who killed my daughter,” he said.
He also said that he would still celebrate Hari Raya next month but it would not be as grand as previous year’s.
- The Star