Published: Tuesday September 11, 2012 MYT 1:13:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday September 11, 2012 MYT 1:16:54 PM
Runaway teens return home after going missing for a week
By TEH ENG HOCK
KLANG: The two runaway teenage sisters have returned home after going missing for a week.
Tee Hui Fang, 16, and her sister Hui Yee, 15, reunited with their parents on Monday night after a mediation session by social activist Peter Tan.
The two girls, who put up at a house belonging to a friend's sister in Bandar Sunway, were initially reluctant to return home as they feared their disciplinarian father.
Hui Fang, in particular, was afraid of her father, whom she described as controlling and often scolded her.
"I want to do many things, but he won't let me. I want to go out, and I like dancing, but he always disallows," she said.
Hui Yee followed Hui Fang as she was concerned for her elder sister, who has a medical condition which causes her to pass out when she gets furious.
Hui Fang, who goes for regular medical check-ups for her condition, was also sent to a boarding school managed by the Welfare Department in Kampung Pandan by her father due to her rebellious behaviour early this year.
"I was only there for one month, and I'm afraid I would be sent back again," said Hui Fang, who has to report periodically back to the welfare department's counsellors for a year to keep tabs on her behaviour.
Their mother, Tan Boon Kian, panicked when both girls did not appear when she went to pick them up after school on Sept 3.
Hui Fang and Hui Yee said their friend's sister picked them up and brought them to the house in Bandar Sunway.
"I saw newspaper reports looking for us, and called Peter on Sunday as his number was published," said Hui Yee.
Peter said he spent two days persuading the girls to return home, before arranging for the parents to meet up with them at a cafe in Bandar Sunway.
"They spoke for hours, and it was agreed that the father will grant them some freedom, such as permission to go out on non-school nights," he said.
Boon Kian admitted her husband was overprotective of their children as there were many reports of young girls getting conned nowadays.
"I am relieved and thank everyone for their help, especially Peter. I couldn't sleep for nights worrying about my girls," she said.
The girls' father Tee Tan Ong said he wanted to prevent his children from being influenced by shady characters.
"It is difficult. If you don't give in, they throw a temper. But if you let do what they want, does that make you a good parent?" he said.