IPOH: About 36 years ago, Maimon Salim had left her hometown in Sabah with her three then very young children to work as a security guard in Kuala Lumpur.
She left them under the care of her sister-in-law in Taiping, Perak, only to find out later her children had been given up for adoption.
Maimon however recently reconnected with two of children, Siti Hawa Mohamed and Siti Salwa Abdullah, but was unable trace a third.
After more than three decades apart, 59-year-old Maimon, was able to mark the closure of a painful chapter in her life.
Last Saturday, she was reunited with her oldest son see Selamat @ Nadzrul Mohamed after losing contact with him when he was only two years old.
All thanks to the help of the Perak MCA public service and complaints bureau, the MalayMail Online reported Tuesday.
According to the news portal, after years of searching, she approached the MCA bureau on May 25, which held a press conference to publicise her plight.
Word spread, and Selamat, who was in Machang, Kelantan, at the time, was alerted to his mother’s search by one of his friends.
“My friend had read a newspaper article about my mother’s press conference, and he told me about it on the afternoon of June 28. That night itself, I called her.
“It was amazing to hear her voice after all these years,” he told a press conference here yesterday, attended by his mother and stepfather Mohd Ibrahim Mohamed.
Maimon, who has four other children, said the rest of the family also got on the phone to ask Selamat to come home for Raya.
“He left Kelantan on Friday and arrived at 1 the following morning. I can barely describe the joy I felt when I saw him,” she said, choking back tears.
“Imagine how I felt as a mother, losing contact with my son for over three decades. It was a wonderful feeling and the most meaningful Hari Raya celebration for me.
“I want to thank the bureau and the media for helping me find my child again.”
Selamat will now stay with Maimon in Ipoh, after getting a job in a school.
“I want to be here for her now,” he said, giving her a hug.