Thursday, November 13, 2008

Father looking for his son

This is Kenichi Lau Sian Yee (aged 4). Yesterday, I was called in to assist Kenichi's father Mr Koji Tara. I met him at the Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Petaling. Kenichi has Acute Lymphobalstic Leukaemia and has been told by doctor from University Malaya Medical Center that without any treatment, survival will not be possible. Kenichi was then admitted to Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya.

Kenichi lives with his mother. His father has been notified by the hospitals that Kenichi has failed to turn up for treatment. Efforts to locate Kenichi and his mother have failed.

At the Pejabat Kebajikan Masyarakat Daerah Petaling, we were told that the file is being handled by an officer in the office in Shah Alam. Efforts to contact the officer were futile. Efforts to help Mr Koji at the Petaling Office left me appalled at the lack of professionalism and compassion with the two staff manning the office. I was waiting for the Petaling office to contact her counterpart in Shah Alam and was told twice to move aside by the staff. Despite the fact that I identified myself as the State Assemblyman for this area and that I was waiting for the officer to give me an explanation on the matter, the two staff insisted that I move aside and sit somewhere else instead for them to attend to others. My intention of relating this seating arrangement is not to make an issue out of it. I just want to highlight the challenges we face as new politicians even at a government office.

We then proceeded to the police station in SS17. Mr Koji lodged another police report there (he has lodged numerous police reports before at different police stations). The police is now assisting to locate the child. We had an immediate press conference few hours ago to seek help from the public in locating the child. If you have seen this child, please contact SS17 Chief Inspector Sulaiman Baputty at 019-370 7100 (station number: 03-5633 2222) or USJ8 station head Chief Inspector Foo Teik Fong at 019-205 9222 (station number: 03-5635 6904).
Together with Mr Koji Tara (father of the child) and a concerned resident Mdm Agnes Lee who highlighted the matter to me

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr Koji Tara, a friend of ours for many years. He is a gentle and caring person as a friend, subsequently a caring father when Ken was born. He might not be a good husband as his wife has claimed but he has never failed to be a good father. Ever since his son was diagnosed with blood cancer, he has gone through hell to arrange for his son's medical treatment because both husband and wife were separated. Please extend your help if you could to bring back this child to him so that extensive medical treatment can be provided to save his son's life. This innocent little boy has given a chance to live by his mother. His mother has told someone that she has given up hope on his son. If she does, please, we beg you to let the father have him back as he has alerted Japan Embassy to look out a bone marrow match. His life can be prolonged while waiting for this miracle to happen or his last survival chance is just like a flush in the toilet. Thanks to YB Hannah Yeoh, Agnes lee and Timothy for their immediate action. No one is interested in their domestic problem but we do care very much if the boy survive through to wait for his father' restless nights on searching for him and his effort on arranging all the medical treatment.

Sharing said...

YB Hannah,what's the status of this child?Any news?

Anonymous said...

I wonder already 3 to 4 days cannot get the child.Why no actions from the police??

Anonymous said...

Already 3 to 4 days from this report.Till then, the child is not found. Why the police didn't take any action agaisnt the usj house???

Anonymous said...

It is sadden to note the inefficiency of our police force. It is shameful in the eyes of foreigners. What are they good at, i wonder ?

raveendran nair said...

As a father for two boys, I viewed the missing kids problem as a very serious matter. I hope government and people can work together to overcome the problem. They are kids who need the parents love. Let's join together to overcome this problem. Save our kids from criminals.

Anonymous said...

Ya. From where to start?
The police keep saying "sedang investigate".Cant they take some action.???

Anonymous said...

If a missing child being kept by his own mother and still hiding within Subang area cannot be found by our policemen, then, a kidnapped child's parent must start digging a grave and preparing a grave stone for your child because relying on them hope seems to be as good as "zero".

Anonymous said...

Referring to the above comment,
I confirm it today that if one day you find your child "missing", u go to make police report, it's actually your duty to look for them because as parent you know better than the policemen where about your child could possibly be located. Until you are sure and confirmed that they are kidnapped, no action will be taken by them. Thanks to our police force, they promise to take action immediately once it is confirmed kidnap case. So, please take good care of your children. Do not allow "missing" happen to them, if that happens, pray that they are kidnapped and not lost on their way home, then only our policemen know where to start and how to act.