Dad in abduction case ‘sought Malaysian citizenship for son’


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Oct 2004

PETALING JAYA: A man who is being detained at a correctional centre in Brisbane for abducting his son had applied for a declaration of Malaysian citizenship for his three-year-old son who is now in Sarawak. 

A spokesman for the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra said the application was made some time this year. 

The 39-year-old man would not be released until he cooperates with the court to bring back the boy who is now being cared for by the man’s mother, as reported by The Courier Mail

It was also reported that the boy’s mother, a Filipino Australian, has appealed to Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and to the Malaysian High Commission for the boy’s safe return to Brisbane. 

The High Commission’s spokesman said they had not received word on the appeal. 

“We work directly with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and it has yet to approach us on the matter,” he said.  

In Melbourne, the Australian Attorney-General’s office is reported to be assessing an application that would provide the woman with partial travel and legal financial assistance if the matter reached a foreign court, said Bernama. 

“If (Australian) Foreign Affairs can help us locate my child, I will hop onto a plane but Malaysia is a big country so I need all the help in the world,” the 30-year-old mother told The Courier Mail in Brisbane. 

Downer’s office is waiting for the outcome of inquiries into the abduction by the Australian federal police and Interpol.  

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