‘My kids may have been trafficked’

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi, showing the locations across Malaysia where babies were rescued from a child trafficking syndicate.

JOHOR BARU: The mother of the five siblings who recently went missing from the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shan De Johor Baru fears that her children are in the clutches of a human trafficking syndicate.

Housewife Pang Lan Cheng said she was worried about their whereabouts as they did not have any money to fend for themselves in the streets.

"I am having sleepless nights, worrying sick that they may end up being trafficked into Thailand.

"They left the home with nothing and I cannot imagine if they are getting any food to eat or drink," said the teary-eyed mother in a press conference organised by Johor PKR deputy chairman Jimmy Puah here yesterday.

Pang, 45, said the last time she saw them was on Oct 31 at around 7pm when she went to the home to bring her two grandchildren, who were also placed there, back to Bukit Gambir.

It was reported that siblings Yeo Soon Chuan, 17, Soon Shen, 16, Soon Yuan, 13, Soon Hoo, 12, and Soon Lian, 10, went missing after going to the Tian Hou Shen Gong association centre in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah to attend a religious ceremony.

They left behind their youngest sibling, aged eight, who is now under the care of the state Welfare Department.

After Pang's husband died four years ago, their six children and her two grandchildren, aged four and five, lived in a welfare home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, before they were transferred to the home here in July.

Pang claimed the home did not inform her about her missing children and that she only found out about it after she saw a posting on Facebook on Nov 3.

She said priority now was to find them and to know if they were safe.

Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said police would continue to search for the missing children in Bukit Gambir.

Earlier attempts to look for them at their relatives' houses in Masai and Taman Pelangi were futile.