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Friday, October 28, 2011

Single mother working three jobs blames herself for neglecting teen


KAJANG: A single mother is pining for her 13-year-old son Sih Wei Yang who has been missing from home since five weeks ago.
And she blames herself for not taking care of the boy as she has to work three jobs to support the family.
Fighting back tears, Hong Ah Lan, 46, said: “Our relationship had been strained since his father divorced me.
“I could not pay attention to him as I had to work three jobs to put food on the table.”
Hong has a regular job at a pharmacy and a part-time job as an insurance agent. She uses her lunch break to teach Bahasa Malaysia at a tuition centre.
She dropped Wei Yang at the SMK Jalan Bukit here on Sept 23 – and that was the last time she saw her son.
“When I went to pick him up after school, the teachers said he was absent on that day,” sobbed Hong at a press conference called by Hulu Langat MCA division chief Jeffrey Lee yesterday.
She said Wei Yang had packed a T-shirt in his school bag on that day, saying he was involved in a school activity.
“I did not suspect anything. There was nothing abnormal about it,” she said.
Hong lodged a police report on Sept 24 when her son did not return home.
She said she sent her son to a private Chinese school in Kelantan early this year and later to a rehabilitation centre in Batu Pahat, Johor.
“I think he was angry with me for sending him to the rehabilitation home,” she said, adding that it was the second time since March that Wei Yang had gone missing. At that time, he had spent a few days at a classmate’s house.
She said the police had contacted her ex-husband about the missing boy but the father denied Wei Yang was with him.
Lee said parents should pay more attention to their children, especially those in their teens.
Those with information of Wei Yang’s whereabouts can call the Hulu Langat MCA at 03-8734 7869. - theStarOnline

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