KOTA KINABALU - Finding three-year-old Low Min You who has been missing since Friday should be the priority rather than charging the father for negligence, some netizens say.
They said that penalising 31-year-old Yee Sheng should only be considered after his son has been found.
They were responding to reports quoting Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib as saying that Yee Sheng may be charged for negligence as he had left the boy unattended inside his car near a petrol station in Kampung Air at about 5.50am on Friday before it was driven off.
The vehicle was found at Signal Hill several hours later some 2.5km from where it was taken but the boy was not in it.
Facebook user Pat Lim-Chor wrote that the police and everyone else concerned should find and bring the boy back to the family safe and unhurt first before any action is taken against the father.
Another Facebook user, Yuki Yi, agreed, saying the family was already undergoing a traumatic experience.
Joyce Liew wrote: "Find the toddler first. He is in a very dangerous situation. So many days already."
Linggatharani Kesavan said: "Mistakes happen ... no parent would want their child to be kidnapped."
However, some were angry with the father and said he should be penalised.
But they added that it should be done only after the boy has been found.
Meanwhile, Hamza said the decision to charge or not is up to the Senior Federal Council, and it would only be made after investigations into the case has been completed.