UPDATED: Kuala Lumpur — The sister of the Malaysian woman who was one of three allegedly held captive for 30 years by London Maoist group said her sister was not a “slave” after visiting her.
- Siti Aishah arrived in London around 1968 as a top student, but joined a radical left wing group and turned her back on her family.
London Maoist group, her older sister, Kamar Mahtum, returned to Malaysia after visiting her and told AFP that her long-lost sister looked “healthier than me”, in spite of widespread media reports of a sordid case of modern slavery that have shocked Britain.
“No, she can’t be, she looked so well,” said the 73-year-old Kamar when asked in a telephone interview if her sister had been a slave at the Maoist collective.
Kamar had a 90-minute meeting with Siti Aishah on Thursday night, and said her sister was physically, mentally, and emotionally fine.
“She promised to return to Malaysia after the investigations were complete, saying it would take about nine months,” said Kamar from her home in southern Malaysia.
London Maoist group–Kamar said her sister appeared to have no regrets about joining the “sect”, but “was probably influenced by the man’s hypnotic power”.
Detectives are trying to understand the “invisible handcuffs” allegedly used to control the women, as it appears they were occasionally allowed to leave the house.