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APPEAL: Let’s Pray For Nirmal In Malaysian Jail: Ratu Epeli

The former President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has appealed to Fijians to pray for Christin Nirmal in a Malaysian jail. Ratu Epeli visited her in jail more than two weeks ago
25 Oct 2017 11:56
APPEAL: Let’s Pray For Nirmal In Malaysian Jail: Ratu Epeli
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

The former President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has appealed to Fijians to pray for Christin Nirmal in a Malaysian jail.

Ratu Epeli visited her in jail more than two weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur.

He said yesterday that she told him she would be appearing in court again today.

She was in good spirits and in good health, Ratu Epeli said.

Ms Nirmal has been held in jail since 2015 when she was found with 1.51 kilogrammes of methamphetamine at Kuala Lumpur Airport.

She was travelling from Hong Kong.

She is being held under Section 39 (B) of the Malaysian Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952.

Carrying more than 50 grams of methamphetamines, also known as ice, can warrant the death penalty in Malaysia, which with its neighbours, has strict anti-drug trafficking laws.

Ms Nirmal was surprised when she was told she would have visitors.

She did not expect to receive such a high level visit, Ratu Epeli said.

Ratu Epeli said this was his second visit to see Ms Nirmal, the first was during the Fiji Day in Malaysia last year.

“She speaks fluent Malay.”

Ratu Epeli said she got on well with those in the women facility.

When he returned to Fiji last week, he visited Ms Nirmal’s mother and her two children.

“I did the same when I returned from Malaysia last year,” he said.

Ratu Epeli was in Kuala Lumpur to attend the launch of the Back to Batu Pahat documentary.

He also attended the Fiji Day celebrations there.

Ratu Epeli said from 1952-1956, Fijian soldiers, as part of the Commonwealth Forces, were based in Batu Pahat during the Malayan Emergency (the battle against Communist insurgents).

More than 1600 Fijian soldiers traversed the rugged terrain of Batu Pahat and other hot spots with 25 paying the ultimate sacrifice. “They fought for something greater than themselves: the pursuit of peace, freedom and security and as we can see today in modern Malaysia, they were on the right side of history,” he said.

“The history of this engagement is now captured in a documentary entitled ‘Back to Batu Pahat’.

“It takes us back to where it started and the significant role it played in developing and strengthening relations between Fiji and Malaysia.

“Going back 61 years was an insurmountable challenge; however, in the end everything came together and ‘Back to Batu Pahat’ is now ready to be launched.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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