Tuesday January 22, 2013
Donít judge Williamís parents, say cops
SUBANG JAYA: Police are urging the public not to be harsh on the parents of six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong, urging them not to judge them but to instead focus their full attention on finding the boy.
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said police had recorded eight statements from various people including his parents, Yau Kok Kang, 32, and Goh Ying Ying, 26, neighbours, the couple's seven-year-old son and workers at the electrical store where he is believed to have been last seen.
“We strongly believe William is from a loving home, has good parents and rule out any possibility that the boy had been mistreated in any way,” he said.
“Our investigations revealed that he is a quiet and well-behaved boy while his elder brother is the exact opposite of him but there is no indication to suggest he was mistreated.
“Meanwhile, the scar he has on the left side of his forehead was from a fall he suffered a long time ago, not from any sort of physical abuse. In fact, I'm told the scar is barely visible now.
He also warned the public to stop misusing the contact numbers of William's parents as they could face criminal charges if they do.
ACP Yahaya Ramli said some of the calls made to William's parents were “insensitive and some, downright disgusting.”
This included a phone call demanding RM80,000 for William's release in two days' time.
The family has lodged a police report.
“I urge the public to please consider the heartache and torment the family is going through and to be considerate.
“If you see anyone who looks like William, please do not hesitate to call the numbers listed but do not misuse them,” he said.
ACP Yahaya Ramli warned that as part of the police task force set up to find William, the family must inform them of every SMS and call they receive and they would investigate any threatening or prank calls.
He added that police were also looking into a lead from a caller, who claimed to have seen a boy matching William's descriptions, wearing a yellow T-shirt and walking with two men at a mall a few days ago.