JOHOR BARU - A religious teacher is appealing to those who may be harbouring her two young children to return them to her.
Azriana Ahmad said her son Mohd Iman Zafri, 11, asked her permission to go a few doors away from their shoplot to buy a drink on Wednesday night.
The mother, who was conducting a class on the second floor, allowed Mohd Iman to do so as she felt he was reasonably familiar with the neighbourhood.
Unknown to his mother, he brought along his sister, Nur Alysyah Zafiera, nine.
Azriana said she felt something amiss when her children failed to return after about 15 minutes and rushed to look for them.
Mohd Iman was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black long pants while his sister was in a white pyjama with red polka dots.
They were last seen around Jalan Pinang 52 in Taman Daya here around 9.30pm Wednesday.
"CCTV footage from a laundrette below my shoplot showed the two of them passing by the shop, but the workers at the restaurant where my son usually bought food and drinks claimed they did not show up," Azriana said.
She said she and her husband are separated.
Meanwhile, she posted several pictures of her children on Instagram pleading for the public to alert her or the police if they have information.
The post garnered hundreds of likes, with many reposting the pictures on their personal Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Azriana's sister Azrizah said the family lodged a police report at about 10pm on the day of the incident.
"Postings in social media claiming the children have been found with their father are untrue," she said.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said police were investigating the case and urged those with information to call 07-221-2999.