Missing: Yeo Soon Chuan, 17, Yeo Soon Shen, 16, Yeo Soon Yuan, 13, Yeo Soon Hoo, 12, and Yeo Soon Lian, 10.
15 Nov 2016
Five runaway Johor siblings now thought to have been abducted
JOHOR BARU: Police have now classified the case of the five siblings who allegedly ran away from an orphanage 16 days ago as ‘abduction’ and are investigating the case under Section 363.
Johor Baru Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Taib Ahmad said police have visited 11 addresses so far, all of which are premises belonging to the children’s family members, from both the paternal and maternal sides, in Bukit Gambir, Muar, Skudai, Ulu Tiram and Pasir Gudang, among others.
“Classifying the case as abduction will empower the police to conduct a more thorough search at some of the houses. The special team set up to conduct the search will also be able to take an aggressive approach with the reclassification of the case from missing persons to abduction.
“We urge the perpetrator, who may have taken the children away, or anyone who knows of their whereabouts to come forward. If they are found harbouring the five children, they may be convicted of abduction, which carries a sentence of seven years’ jail and a fine, if convicted,” said Taib during a press conference at the Johor Baru North police headquarters here yesterday, adding that there is a possibility the children may have followed an individual to Penang.
“One of the children had a handphone, but it is sometimes on and sometimes off, and it is not possible to trace the call, as the user utilises WiFi.
“We believe an individual or orphanage is taking care of them. We have tried to locate the operator of the previous orphanage in Prai, Penang, where the five siblings lived for four years, before they were sent to the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shan Der orphanage on July 21.
“However, the orphanage has reportedly been shut down, as it was illegal and it was difficult to trace whether the operator had opened another centre,” said Taib.
12 Nov 2016
Missing siblings could have run off to Penang http://dlvr.it/Mf47Dn
JOHOR BARU: The five siblings who went missing during a religious ceremony may have run away to Penang in search of their paternal relatives.
Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said an investigation revealed that the children could have sought help from their deceased father’s family there.
He said they could have been helped by someone during their escape on Oct 31, when they told a caretaker that they were going to the toilet and never returned.
“We understand that there were disputes between both sides of the family over the welfare of the children,” he told The Star yesterday.
The siblings – Yeo Soon Chuan, 17, Soon Shen, 16, Soon Yuan, 13. Soon Hoo, 12 and Soon Lian, 10 – went missing on a trip to the Tian Hou Shen Gong association centre in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah.
They were under the care of the Shan De Children’s Welfare Home here since July and were in another home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, before that.
At a press conference on Thursday, the children’s mother, Pang Lan Cheng, expressed fears that they could have been kidnapped by a human trafficking syndicate.
11 November 2016
11 November 2016
‘My kids may have been trafficked’
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.
t 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.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 | MYT 11:30 AM
Mother pines for five missing kids
JOHOR BARU: The mother of five siblings who went missing from the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shan De Johor Baru hopes for nothing more than to have them back in her arms.
Pang Lan Cheng, 45, said she was worried sick about their whereabouts and hoped that they would contact her soon.
According to Pang, she last saw her five children on Oct 31 when she picked up her two grandchildren who were also staying at the home.
“I only knew they were missing on Nov 3 after seeing a posting on Facebook,” Pang said at a press conference organised by Johor PKR deputy chairman Jimmy Puah on Thursday.
4 Nov 2016
The siblings, between the ages of 10 and 17, were last seen at a Chinese place of worship, wearing pink-coloured T-shirts.
JOHOR BAHRU: Five siblings, aged between 10 and 17, have been reported missing since Monday while attending a religious ceremony at the Tian Hou Shen Gong Devotees Association in Taman Tun Aminah here.
North Johor Bahru police chief ACP Mohd Taib Ahmad said the disappearance of Yeo Soon Chuan, 17; Yeo Soon Shen, 16; Yeo Soon Lian, 10; Yeo Soon Yuan, 13 and Yeo Soon Hoo, 12, was reported at 10.30pm.
During the incident they wore the association’s pink-coloured Shen De T-shirts, he said in a statement here last night.
Mohd Taib said police conducted investigations at several locations and discovered that the children were under the care of the Social Welfare Department and had been placed under the Johor Bahru Shen De Welfare Association since July.
“Investigations also revealed that within that period, the mother of the children, a widow, had appealed to the association for her children to be returned to her, but was not allowed to do so without first obtaining permission from Social Welfare Department.
“Attempts have been made to contact their mother, but to no avail. Police urged members of the public with information on the case to contact the nearest police station to assist investigations,” he said.