I am sure i am not alone, each and every one of you must have your own stories of time spent with Iqah.
To me,she is one of the most funniest person i've ever met.She is hilarious.As i type this,i swear her laughter was ringing in my mind.It made me smile.I hope ill hear them again.Iqah is alot of other things too.She is a strong woman who against all odds,raise a baby on her own.I always told her how proud i was of her as a mother.Yet,she has a 'filmsy' heart.She cries over the siliest things!.She loves cooking and she is a great one! she would cook for you even if its 3am in the morning! i remember how she would always come over and completely took over the kitchen & chores and told me to rest when i was pregnant with my 2nd..But like any of us,she has her flaws.She loves and trust easily.Sadly,because of these,she is going to lose her life.
Some of you might already have heard it on the news.She has been sentenced to death by Shah Alam High Court on Friday,March 18.She was allegedly caught with drugs on January 2009 & was finally sentenced after 2years.All of us,her personal friends,might be shocked by this news.i had alot of questions when i first found out.It felt so surreal.The last i talked to her,she was telling me how she had found a good job and how she,her daughter and her mother was going to be ok moving forward.
It all started sometime in 2007.She was doing well,professionally.Being a personal assistant to the MD of an entertainment company,not only did it pay well,it has alot of perks.Rubbing shoulders with local celebrities was one of it.Unfortunately,that company shut its doors and Iqah was laid off.That was when life challenges her.As hard as she tried,she couldnt land any job permanently.The jobs she got are temporary ones or on contract.For the next few months,she was living hand to mouth.With a aging mother and a toddler to provide for,she was pressured.But she persevered.
Unfortunately,predators are everywhere.And these bastards can sniff out the vulnerable ones.This time these predators come in a form of a Nigerian man.Being at the wrong time and place,he spotted her and that was it.She was his target.A very single mother who is vulnerable emotionally and desperate for money.He befriended and romanced her.Gave her money and brought her on holidays.She fell for it.He promised her a better life.He convinced her that he will fund a textile business for her in Singapore.Thinking she was to be a business owner,she followed him to China twice to meet with textile manufacturers and visit their factories.Both trips went well.
Then the unfortunate happened.On new year 2009,she receive a strange call from China requesting her to fly over and pick up the textile.Normally the manufacturer would contact her friend.However,in this instance,the manufacturer claimed her friend was uncontactable and was comfortable working with iqah seeing she has been to the factory and meet him in person.She agreed and the manufacturer has arrange for his contact to meet Iqah in Malaysia to pass her the travel allowance.Upon meeting the contact,a Ghana national,he gave her a luggage bag to bring to China so that she has space to pack the textiles back home.This luggage was the trap.Inside this bag,was an envelope which well hidden that it wasnt detected on the 1st scan,what more by Iqah.Unknowingly,she was made a mule,a scapegoat.The rest is history.
The family has been plagued by the high cost of her defence the last 2years.She has a 6year old daughter and i swear her mother has aged these past two years.
The reason why im writing this is to sought help from all of you.They are going to appeal this sentence and they only have 2 chances.Hence,i am planning on organising a fund raiser for her.But i thought ill start from us,former ping yians first.Please contribute how much you can.No amount is too little or too big.This funds will be for her defence fees.Or if any of you have any other ideas on how we can help her,please call me at 96999073.
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On behalf of the family,i would like to thank all of you.Please keep her in your prayers.
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