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Freed ISA detainee wants to return to teaching

TAWAU, 6 April 2009: Mohd Nazri Dollah, who was freed from Internal Security Act (ISA) detention along with 12 others yesterday, said he is willing to resume his service as a teacher if he is allowed to do so.

Mohd Nazri, who arrived at his home at Mile 1.5 in Jalan Apas at about 4.10pm today, said he still had a year of contract left when he was arrested on 16 March 2006.

“I was sent to study Arabic on a government scholarship. I was arrested while serving my contract.

“I still have a year’s left in the contract so I hope to be able to resume teaching for the remaining period,” he told reporters at his home.

However, he said his immediate priority was to spend time with family.

“For three years I lived alone; so I am going to need some time to plan for my future,” he said.

Mohd Nazri said he was grateful for his release and for the opportunity to resume a normal life.

He added that he was taking his detention as part and parcel of life and that he was learning a lesson from it.

He also thanked all those who provided assistance to his family during his detention.

Mohd Nazri’s wife, Normahan Komlan, 26, said she was happy that her husband was finally released.

Thanking the government, she admitted that it was not easy going through the daily life without her husband around.

“I thank Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali (Balung assemblyperson) for allowing us to live in this house without paying any rent,” she said.

Meanwhile, reporters who went to the house of another former ISA detainee, Mohd Arasat Patangari in Kampung Pukat, Tanjung Batu, were told that he was not prepared to speak to the media. — Bernama

 

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