Family looking for missing runaway youth

Lau holding up a photograph of her son, Choy, who ran away from home early last month.

THE family of a 21-year-old waiter, who is believed to have run away from home on Sept 7, is yearning for his return.

Waitress Lau Yook Peng, 52, said her son Choy Jia Chun left their home in Taman Lapangan Melodi last month at about noon.

She said Choy, who has a learning disability, was last contacted by the police about five weeks ago.

“He told the police that he was at Ampang Point Shopping Centre and he wanted to get away for a few days to clear his head and would return home once he felt better.

“However, the police could not locate him there and it was the last time anyone had spoken to him,” Lau said in a press conference.

Lau said she checked with all their relatives and neighbours but no one knew his current whereabouts.

“I believe he has taken some clothing, about RM300 and his disability card with him,” she added.

“He is always on his mobile phone and does not have many friends around here.

“I am really worried for his safety and that he may be cheated by people as he is not socially inclined.

She said Choy has a tendency to go missing.

In June, he took a bus to KL International Airport (KLIA), hoping to fly to South Korea because of his passion for K-pop culture.

“I only got to know about it when the police at the airport contacted me.

“He didn’t buy any ticket and was stopped by the Immigration and police officers,” said Lau, who has another son aged 19.

“I had to travel to KLIA to bring him back,” she added. Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee, who is helping the family locate Choy, said since he was an adult, there was little the police could do.

Lee, who is state Youth, Sports and Human Capital Development Committee chairman, said the police sent out information to stations nationwide.

He added that he would also put up Choy’s information on social media.

Those with information may call Lee’s service centre (016-450 9602) or the nearest police station.

Lee said he also planned to hold forums and discussions to create awareness of communication between generations.

“Today’s youth face many challenges that are different from 20 years ago,” he said.

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