Sunday January 20, 2013
Where is our little William?
By P. ARUNA and NG SI HOOI
PETALING JAYA: Every time the telephone rings in their motorcycle workshop in Subang Jaya, Yau Kok Kang and his wife Goh Ying Ying pray that it is someone with good news about their six-year-old son, William Yau Zhen Zhong, who has been missing since last Wednesday.
As Goh sobbed, her 32-year-old husband, himself tearful, said: “I wish I can turn the clock back ... I take all the blame.”
He recalled the day when joy turned into a nightmare. The family of five had had dinner in Puchong to celebrate their eldest son, seven-year-old Eric's elevation as a class monitor.
On the way home, Yau and Goh stopped at an electrical shop in Putra Heights here to look at some washing machines.
They locked their children, including one-year-old daughter Cindy, in the car, leaving the windows open.
When they returned about 15 minutes later, William was nowhere to be seen.
According to Eric, William had gone looking for their parents because Cindy had started crying non-stop.
The 26-year-old mother said she usually never left her children in the car alone.
“It was just this one time because we knew we would be quick.”
Goh said she had rushed back into the shop looking for William and shouting his name but he was not there.
After lodging a police report, she and her family, along with their neighbours and friends, had gone all around the area looking for William, even in the drains and dumpsters.
“It has been three days since my son went missing. I have not slept since. I have been waiting by the phone, praying for someone to call me with some good news,” said Goh.
William's story went viral on the Internet after Goh posted a photo of her son on Facebook on Wednesday night.
Yau, who appeared exhausted and depressed, said the couple had been receiving angry text messages, criticising them for leaving the children alone in the car .
He pleaded to anyone with information on William's whereabouts to contact them immediately.
“If you have my son, please return him to us. We are ready to negotiate, we just want our son back,” he said.
William was wearing a yellow t-shirt when he went missing and has a scar on the left side of his forehead from a fall.
Anyone with information can contact 03-5631 9800 or 012-2197133.
The couple will meet MCA Public Complaints and Services Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong today to seek his help.