The search for Siti Aishah – Part 1
By Zan Azlee
It’s all across the Malaysian media now.
Astro AWANI editor, Zan Azlee, reveals that Siti Aishah Abu Wahab, the probable identity of the 69 year old Malaysian woman who was a psychological slave to a Maoist couple in London for more than 30 years, is his aunty.
Well, to be really clear, she is really my mother’s first cousin, but still my aunty nonetheless. And I have never met her. She left for the United Kingdom in the 1960s and I was born in the 1970s. So our paths never crossed. But of course, every one in the family knew her story.
A smart and brilliant student who won a scholarship to the UK to be the first Malay woman to study quantity surveying. Siti Aishah was suppose to create history. But somehow, she started getting attracted to leftist ideologies and decided to dedicate her life to it, while severing all contact with her family. And now, most of Malaysia know the story too.
It started on Monday morning when my mother, after reading the news online, noticed that Hishammuddin Rais, the political activist, had declared that the Malaysian woman in the Maoist slave issue could be Siti Aishah Abu Wahab, a left-leaning university student he had met many years ago in the UK.
She called me while I was on my way to work to tell me, and after I made a few calls to other relatives, I manage to confirm the story that a reporter from a British newspaper had indeed contacted an aunty of mine, Kamamahtum Abdul Wahab, the sister of Siti Aishah. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]