Published: Thursday February 21, 2013 MYT 6:30:00 PM
Updated: Thursday February 21, 2013 MYT 6:54:46 PM
Missing daughter dampens family's CNY
KUALA LUMPUR: A mother's wish to celebrate Chinese New Year with her whole family was dashed when her youngest daughter failed to return home for the holidays.
Chiew Sam Moi, 65, said she last saw the youngest of her three daughters, 32-year-old Soh Ai Ling, in April 2012 after she took up an office job in Singapore.
"She would call me at least once every month. I expected her to be back for Chinese New Year, but I have not heard from her in the past two months," she said.
She said the last contact the family had with Ai Ling was in the form of an SMS on Dec 17, sent to her two siblings.
"The message was very strange. It said she did not feel the family cared much for her and told us to prepare to receive her dead body.
"We immediately tried to call her back but there was no answer. We have tried calling again but an unknown man or woman would answer," Chiew said.
She lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 5, and later in Singapore on Feb 14.
However, police officers who looked into Ai Ling's immigrations records told Chiew that her daughter had left Singapore a day after she lodged a report there, and returned on Wednesday.
MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, who held a press conference for Chiew here Thursday, said the department was also looking for five other missing persons.
Chong added that a RM20,000 reward would be offered for any information on missing teenager M. Jethendran, 16, from Seri Petaling here, who failed to return home after a gym session on Jan 25.
He also said that the RM60,000 reward offered for leads in the William Yau case was still open in exchange for information.
He urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station or call him at 013-398 2381.
The other missing persons are Wong Jiun Jye, 40, from Shah Alam, Selangor who has been missing since November 2011; Sivaguru Thiagarajah @ Mohammad Parhan, 40, from Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, missing since June 20, 2012; Tee Kue Peng, 21, and her daughter Ester Siskah, five, from Pekan, Pahang, missing since Aug 24, 2012; and Tan Toi, 74, from Kuala Lumpur, missing since Jan 25, 2013.