KUALA LUMPUR - Argentinian Elizabeth Avalos is in Malaysia looking for her daughter Alum, who was brought to the country by her ex-partner.
The 27-year-old Avalos said that she left Alum's father, 41-year-old musician Jorge Gabriel Langone after seven years of alleged abuse, adding that she took Alum with her.
Avalos then added at a press conference at the Argentine Embassy here that Langone turned up at Alum's school in Argentina hours after the court granted her full custody.
She said that Langone and another woman - Candela Soledad Gutierrez - then brought Alum to Bolivia and later to Malaysia.
Avalos quickly contacted the Argentine Embassy here, which reached out to the police and the Immigration Department.
Meanwhile, Argentine ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Balaguer Salas said Malaysian officials had informed them that the trio had entered the country illegally through the Johor border.
"Interpol has also issued an Amber alert and a red alert for them, and we hope to catch them soon," he said at a press conference here on Wednesday (Jan 24).
Alum, Langone and Gutierrez were last seen in December last year in Kuala Pilah, and were said to have been heading to Kulai.
Avalos, who arrived here two weeks ago, spoke to Kuala Pilah locals who said Langone claimed they were a Spanish family and that Alum had even attended a kindergarten here for 10 days.
Helpful Malaysians she encountered had also claimed Langone had worked part-time at a bar in Mersing for a while.
Avalos is now appealing to Malaysians at large for new information about Alum.
"I have nothing to say to him. I want nothing to do with him anymore. As for Alum, I can only hope she knows that I am looking for her. I will never stop looking for her and I love her very much," she said.
Anyone with information about the case are urged to inform the police or contact the embassy at 0122012464.