New twist in missing boy's case after remand order for couple extended

New twist in missing boy's case after remand order for couple extended
On the alert: A passer-by taking a closer look at the poster of Min You (right) who went missing at Kampung Air in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU - An ongoing search for three-year-old Low Min You has taken another twist with the toddler's detained parents reinstating Ram Singh as their lawyer.

The counsel was reinstated when the magistrate's court extended the original three-day remand order for Low Yee Sheng, 31, and Yong Siou Yee, 26, to tomorow.

Ram who had appeared for Yee Sheng and Siou Yee at their first remand hearing on May 15 received a letter from fellow counsel Ronny Cham on Friday that he (Ram) had been replaced as the couple's lawyer.

"I decided to double check and visited them at the Sabah police headquarters central lockup where they were being held,"

"Yee Sheng insisted that I was still their lawyer and asked me to represent them at the hearing for the extension of the remand order," he told The Star.

Magistrate Herlina Muse allow­ed the application by Inves­tigating Officer Insp Shreethran Balan to extend their remand period until tomorrow during the hearing which began at about 10.45am yesterday.

Ram said Yee Sheng had also made a public appeal through him to seek any information about the whereabouts of Min You who was reported missing on May 9, adding that he was convinced that his son was still alive.

Yee Sheng had initially told the police that he left his son in his four-wheel drive vehicle with the engine running in a petrol kiosk to use the toilet at about 5:50am on that day.

He claimed that the vehicle went missing and it was found several hours later some 2.5km away without Min You in it.

However, Yee Sheng was said to have given a conflicting account of his son's disappearance to the police later.

Sources said the man claimed that he had stopped along the road side along the Jalan Tuaran bypass at about 4.20am and got out of his vehicle to ease himself and smoke a cigarette while Min You slept in the back seat. Yee Sheng said he had his back to the vehicle the whole time but when he returned, Min You was missing.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the police were trying to find out if Min You had gone missing from the Jalan Tuaran bypass instead of at the petrol station.

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