Today’s Indonesian newspapers report that the mother of Indonesian model Manohara Odelia Pinot was denied entry to Malaysia. The Jakarta Globe today reported that the entry ban for Manohara’s mother, Daisy Fajarina, has been rescinded.
Here’s the Globe’ report:
‘My Manohara Is Irreplaceable,’ Mother Pleads
Daisy Fajarina, the mother of a missing 17-year-old Indonesian-American model married to a Malaysian prince, says her son-in-law’s family offered her a million-dollar apartment if she would cut all contact with her daughter, Manohara Odelia Pinot.
“Even if they offer me the world, I cannot accept it, Manohara is irreplaceable,” she said, choking back tears. “I just want them to give back my daughter.”
Speaking at a packed news conference at the National Commission on Violence Against Women, the distraught woman, who later fainted, repeated claims that her daughter was kidnapped by her husband and spirited away by private jet from Saudi Arabia on Feb. 26. She claims Malaysian authorities have stopped her visiting the country to check on her daughter’s condition.
Late on Thursday, the Web site Malaysiakini.com reported that this ban had been lifted. “The order has been rescinded. We have informed the Indonesian Embassy. Our embassy in Jakarta has also informed the authorities there,” an official told the site.
The alleged kidnapping occurred after the prince’s family, Manohara, her mother and sister went to Saudi Arabia for Islam’s minor pilgrimage, or umroh. As both families were preparing to return to Malaysia from Jeddah, Manohara’s relatives were left on the tarmac as the jet took off.
The case has threatened to become a diplomatic incident.
In Indonesia, Manohara’s fate has consumed readers of tabloid newspapers, TV, Web sites and blogs, making the relatively unknown beauty a household name.
That’s all fine and well but makes you wonder who’s running the country in Malaysia. This seems to be a family spat between Manohara’s family and the Kelantan royalty, but the royals have the power to deny Daisy’s entry into Malaysia? Who issued the order and who complied? And who orderd the ban to be rescinded?
Could it have been done through the good graces of new Malaysian PM Najib Tun Razak who’s known to have a soft spot for foreign models?
In the meantime, the Indonesian media is overheating with the gossipy news that involves royalty, celebrity, models and a whiff of scandal. Here’s the video of a SCTV program on Manohara sent to Unspun by a friend (thanks MC):
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