JOHOR BARU: It was a tearful reunion when a four-year-old boy saw his mother, who works in Singapore, for the first time in about six months since the movement control order (MCO) was implemented in March.
The heartwarming scene took place at the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex here when administrative clerk Liow Chin Chin, 42, arrived from across the border in a Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) van to pick up her only child on the evening of Sept 11.
When she got out of the vehicle, her son Ten Kai Bin was at a loss for words at the sight of her and could only call out “mummy!” as he rushed into her warm embrace.
Chin Chin said she and her husband Ten Boon Keen, 53, had been working in Singapore since 2012 and would return to Johor Baru to pick up their son from his babysitter’s house every Friday to spend family time together during the weekend.
“The last time I saw my son was in March, before the MCO.
“The past few months had been difficult to bear as we could only communicate via video calls.
“There were times when he told his babysitter that we had gone missing as he was too young to understand the circumstances we are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It was heartbreaking that we could not be there with him physically, ” she said.
Chin Chin added she sought the help of Johor Jaya assemblywoman Liow Cai Tung at the end of August to allow her to pick up Kai Bin at the Johor border.
After it was announced that the recovery MCO would be extended until the end of the year, Chin Chin and her husband decided to seek help to bring their son to Singapore as they could not bear being apart from him any longer.
“When Kai Bin first saw me at the CIQ, he did not say much and only hugged me tightly.
“It was only when we reached our Singapore home that he started telling us how much he missed us.
“We even missed his fourth birthday celebration on Aug 15, so we will celebrate it with him now that he is back with us, ” she added.
Meanwhile, Cai Tung, who brought Kai Bin to the Sultan Iskandar CIQ to meet his mother, thanked the Immigration Department and Singapore’s ICA for their assistance that helped to reunite the family.
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