Mum anxious for news on missing kids

IPOH - The anxiety must be unbearable for single mother Safarela Azwa Ishak, whose three children have been missing for more than 24 hours.

Safarela Azwa, a factory officer, said she came home from work on Tuesday evening and the children were nowhere to be seen.

She said she believed that Syarafuddin Syazwan Rizauddin, 11, Syarir Syafi Rizauddin, eight, and Syauratul Syafiah Rizauddin, six, left the house at Taman Meru 2B between 2pm and 6pm.

"I think they left after my sister, who was looking after them in the morning, went off at about 1.30pm," said Safarela Azwa, 36.

She was worried as the children had never been gone without an adult accompanying them, adding that they might not even know how to take public transport.

They did not have anything else with them except their wallets, which contained some cash, she said.

"I have no way of contacting them because they did not carry any mobile phones," she said, adding that they had not called home.

Safarela Azwa, who is separated from her husband, said she had also checked with him but he had no clue as to their whereabouts.

"We have looked for them at the Amanjaya bus terminal and Mydin hypermarket but our efforts were in vain," she said.

Safarela Azwa's brother Saiful Azril Ishak, 30, said they suspected that the children could have gone to visit their friends for Hari Raya.

He said the family had uploaded their photographs on Facebook, hoping that anyone who spotted them would contact the family immediately.

At a press conference, state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Paramasivam said the case had been classified as missing persons.

Early investigations showed that there were no signs of a house break-in, DCP Paramasivam said.

He said neighbours told police that they saw the children playing in the compound of their house in the afternoon.

DCP Paramasivam said police had sent out several teams to search for the children.