15/04/2024 09:36 PM

By Massita Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) -- Four years ago, his children joyfully shared the happiest news that their long-lost father Ali Jais had been found in Singapore. However, today brings a different story.

Ali, a Malaysian citizen who had been separated from his three biological children for the past 20 years at that time, passed away at Pasir Puteh Hospital, Kelantan, around 4 pm today.

"Abah left when I was cleansing his body. I called him but there was no response. With the help of a nurse, I was informed that Abah has gone," his elder daughter Hasliza contacted Bernama to convey the sad news.

According to Hasliza, her father, who was brought to Kelantan to celebrate Hari Raya with their family there, was admitted to the hospital on the second day of Aidilfitri due to a lung infection.

The search for Ali's children, around November 2020, garnered the attention of Singaporeans who also assisted in locating the elderly man's whereabouts.

Less than 24 hours after news about him was reported by a Bernama correspondent in Singapore, the search for Ali came to an end. Ali, 88, was discovered in a nursing home for the elderly in the republic.

Though she and her two other sisters had time to be together for only about four years after being found, Hasliza is still grateful that his father breathed his last with them in Malaysia.

Thanks to the cooperation between the authorities of both countries, Ali was repatriated to his children a month after he was found, amidst the closure of the Malaysia-Singapore border due to the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2020.

Ali will be laid to rest tonight, to ‘Abah’ Al Fatihah.






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