Saturday, January 12, 2008
Jazimin: Crank calls only add to the pain
By AYU MUSA KAMAL and MOHD YAAKOB YUSOF
PETALING JAYA: It’s a vicious cycle. When Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and Mohd Nazrin Shamsul, or Yin, went missing last year, their parents received countless prank calls offering false leads and nasty text messages.
This time around, it is the parents of missing five-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar who are on the receiving end. The girl’s uncle, Shahrizal Satirin, 34, told The Malay Mail that Sharlinie’s parents had received almost 200 calls and text messages since Friday.
He said most called to express their concern and offer words of encouragement. Those who weren’t abusive offered false leads.
“This is unnecessary. Although they could be youngsters, they do not realise the damage they are causing.
“The distressed parents are already bogged down with more important matters,” said Shahrizal, who has been keeping Sharlinie’s parents — Mohd Nashar Mat Hussain and Suraya Ahmad — company since the day she went missing. Shahrizal thanked members of the public who had expressed concern and offered help.
“It is comforting to know that many people care. We received calls and text messages from all over Malaysia.
“Even Indonesians had called to wish us luck. They said they are praying for Sharlinie’s safe return,” said Shahrizal. Suraya said she still believes that Nini (Sharlinie) is unharmed. She hasn’t given up hope.
“My instincts tell me that Nini is safe. I do not want to have any negative thoughts concerning my daughter’s condition at the moment. Suraya is praying to hear good news about her daughter.
“We’ve yet to receive any updates on the investigation,” she said, adding that she and her husband have been in a state of despair since their daughter’s disappearance.
On Friday, Nurin Jazlin’s father, Jazimin Abdul Jalil, paid them a visit at their home in Taman Medan.
Jazimin, who spent several hours with the couple, said he understood what they were going through.
“I lost my daughter for 27 days. I came to motivate and share my experiences with them,” he said.
“I pray for Nini’s safety and hope she does not end up like my daughter. I hope they get a happy ending.”
He also hopes that the public will stop tormenting the couple with prank calls and false information.
“The family is under tremendous pressure. Please don’t add to their pain. Just help them with the right information.”
- The Malay Mail