SUNGAI SIPUT: While mothers around the world were being feted by their children in conjunction with Mother’s Day, former model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor, who was ordered to be caned for drinking alcohol two years ago, is searching for her missing eldest son Muhammad Azfar Muhammad Affandi.
Muhammad Azfar, nine, who is an autistic and hyperactive boy and suffering from mild cerebral palsy, went missing from his maternal grandfather’s chalet at Jawang near here on Saturday afternoon.
Kartika’s father Shukarnor Abdul Mutalib, 62, said the boy was last seen watching television with his cousins in a room at lunchtime.
“When his uncle went to the room to ask the boy to come out for lunch, he was nowhere to be seen,” he told reporters at his chalet, which faces Sungai Perak.
Personnel from the Fire and Rescue Services Department, Marine Police and Civil Defence Department and villagers combed the area near the river during a search for the boy.
Kartika courted controversy when the Kuantan Syariah High Court ordered her to be caned six times and fined RM5,000 for consuming alcohol at a hotel in Cherating on July 11, 2008. She paid the fine.
Her caning sentence was later commuted to three weeks’ community service at the Tengku Ampuan Fatimah Children’s Home in Alor Akar, Kuantan.
Since Muhammad Azfar’s disappearance, Shukarnor said Kartika, 33, had been inconsolable.
”She has not slept a wink since and has refused to eat,” he added.
OCPD Supt Azman Salim said 113 people were taking part in the search and rescue operations.
“We started the search at 2pm on Saturday before calling it off at 12.30am on Sunday (yesterday) and resuming at 7am,” he added. - theStarOnline