Remember how Raja Bahrin conducted a dramatic retrieval of his children from Australia, and ended up as a criminal downunder. I blogged on that in The Betty Mahmoody of Malaysia!, which tells how 14 years later, daughter Shahirah flew down to Melbourne to be reunited with her mother, Jacqueline Pascarl, to everyone’s delight.
I also gave credit to Raja Bahrin for bringing his kids up well without poisoning their minds against their mother and, after a decade plus, allowing them to still love and be re-united with Mum.
But a couple of months after I posted that, I was lambasted for comparing Raja Bahrin with Betty Mahoud. That episode was covered in Shahirah Raja Bahrin Revisited.
In retrospect I must confess I had been wrong, to compare a man who didn’t poison his children against their mother nor stop them from visiting her years later after they have grown up, to a woman who demonised her husband, it was said by American press, for the sake of popularising her books.
Certainly Raja Bahrin is a zillion miles far superior.
Then recently, the son, Raja Mohamad Baharuddin (Iddin), was also reunited with his mum, which I posted in Reunion after 14 years.
But sadly, the Aussie press wanted to make hay over that reunion as a ‘triumph’ of western values influencing the children, Iddin and Sharidah, breaking free of a ‘draconian Muslim’ father.
That pissed off Raja Bahrin, who had just broken his silence on the recent visits of his children to Australia. He held a press conference to counter the 'mean agenda of the foreign media' which had sensationalised his children's visit to Australia to see their mother.
He wanted the local media to report a 'fair and accurate account of what had happened' without being influenced by the foreign media.
He said: “I hope this is my last press conference, to correct all the speculation and provocation by the Australian media on my children's visit to Australia. After 14 years, I am really tired.”
Raja Bahrin revealed that late last year, his daughter Shahirah had problems concentrating on her studies and wanted to change her course. He allowed her to seek advice from her university counsellors.
“When her situation remained the same, Shahirah said she wanted to rest in Australia and visit her mother. I agreed but said she could do so during her semester break.”
He said the media played up her visit to see her mother, Jacqueline Pascarl, even claiming that Shahirah would remain in Australia permanently. However, Shahirah returned on April 28 as promised.
Raja Bahrin said that Shahirah’s stress and worry, apart from an accident in Singapore, that had influenced her decision to return to stay with her mum a second time was because a lecturer at her university was trying to seduce her.
He did not intend to confront the lecturer but wanted to report the matter to the university. However, when the Aussie media sensationalised the visits of Shahirah and her brother to Australia, Raja Bahrin said he decided to reveal the story.
F**k! Who’s that scumbag who has the nerve to try to seduce sweet Shahirah ?