Tue, Mar 30, 2010
New Straits Times
Missing girl seen in Langkawi

LANGKAWI: Missing student Halimaton Abd Rashid has been spotted with a male companion here.

A member of the public, who claimed he saw the couple at the passenger ferry terminal about 1.30pm yesterday, said he recognised the 15-year-old after reading about her in a Bahasa Malaysia daily last week.

"I was at the terminal and saw her with a young man. We later boarded the same ferry. I do not know where they went after reaching Kuah," he said.

Halimaton, one of Kedah's top scorers in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah in 2007, was reported missing by her mother last week.

She was last seen leaving her sister's house in Bandar Puteri Jaya in Sungai Petani on March 22.

On Saturday, Halimaton's mother, Normah Abd Mutalib, 46, said she received a text message (SMS) from her daughter claiming she had married a 19-year-old man from Langkawi and was staying in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.

Normah, however, did not believe the SMS came from her daughter. She was adamant that Halimaton, the youngest of five children, had been abducted.

When informed yesterday that Halimaton had been seen, the single parent was relieved that her daughter was safe.

Normah said she would accept her back even if she had married the young man whom she had been seeing for several months.

"I just want her back. We can sort things out later."

Halimaton's close friends at SMK Parit Panjang said she was quiet and kept things to herself a few weeks before she went missing.

One of them, Nur Samilah Abdul Ghani, 15, said Halimaton kept to herself after she befriended a man a few months ago.

"She used to go out with me and some friends but not anymore. She was always on the handphone with him and once confided in me that they wanted to get married after she finished schooling."

She said Halimaton was a school prefect and a very helpful person.

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