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MELAKA – The fathers of two MT Orkim Harmony crew members are letting their children decide their careers.

Zabarudin Zakaria, 49, and Tan Tiong Chan, 55, have no qualms if Amirul Azim Zabarudin, 21, and Tan Chee Hau, 23, want to continue their careers as seamen.

As fathers, they said they fully supported their sons’ interests and always prayed for their well-being and safety.

Zabarudin said he always supported his son’s career choice and prayed for the best.

“It is up to him (Amirul Azim), his career, his strength to face the challenges and risks to continue his career, I always pray for the best for him,” he told reporters here today.

He also thanked all parties involved in the efforts to rescue his son and the other crew members of the tanker, as well as the people of Malaysia for their continuous support and prayers.

Zabarudin said for the moment, his family was staying put and had not received any information about a meeting with his son.

All 22 crew members of the tanker have been freed as of 2.30am today, following negotiations between the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the hijackers.

The tanker is due to arrive at the Kuantan Port, Pahang about 2am tomorrow (June 20).

The MT Orkim Harmony laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of petrol worth RM21 million was reported missing at 8.57pm on June 11, while en route from Melaka to the Kuantan Port.

Meanwhile, Chee Hau’s father, Tan said he would not prevent his son from continuing to work as an engine crew member of the tanker if he wished to.

“As far as I remember, this is his second job. He used to work in a tyre shop here. It is up to him to stop work or continue, I cannot stop him,” he said.

Meanwhile, Samsiah Baba, 60, the mother of captain Nor Fazly Sahat, 39, said she was relieved when she received news that the tanker had been found and all its crew safe.- BERNAMA

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