JOHOR BARU - A body believed to be that of eight-year-old Mohd Taufik Abdul Talib who went missing after he and his father were washed away by strong currents during a fishing trip has been found in Pulau Tekong.
Malaysian marine police found the boy's body at about 11.40am yesterday near the border between Malaysian and Singaporean waters.
Earlier at 11.25am on Monday, fishermen found a body believed to be that of his father Abdul Talib Mohd Hadhari in Singaporean waters.
DNA tests will be conducted at the Singapore General Hospital to confirm their identities.
Abdul Talib's widow Abidah Atin, who has three other children, said she was quite sure that the bodies were that of her loved ones as a search and rescue team member had shown her a photo of the bodies.
Seri Alam OCPD Deputy Supt Saifi Abd Hamid said the clothing on the child's body was similar to that worn by Mohd Taufik during the fishing trip.
"As the case involves authorities from two countries, the procedure (for DNA tests and post-mortem) may take longer than usual," he said.
On a Facebook post that the family's relatives were raising up to RM40,000 (S$15,500) to bring the bodies back from Singapore, Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim said they had not received any police report on the matter but advised the public not to be deceived by those trying to take advantage of the family's plight.