Saturday, April 14, 2007

Lost and Found

update, after midnight:
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Bernama) -- Muhammad Nazrin Shamsul Ghazali or Yin, 5, the boy who was reported missing since March 31, was today found safe in Sentul, here, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan. Read Bernama's Yin Reunited with family.

original posting:-
5-year old boy found after 14 days
. Got an SMS from Yushaimi, the editor of the Malay Mail, that the lost boy has been found. The Malay Mail, of which I used to be the editor, had launched an unprecedented campaign to find Yin after the boy went missing from a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.
But I am not the first to blog this. Nuraina A. Samad beat me to it.


  1. The link to Nuraina A. Samad's blog is broken.

  2. thx jayen. fixed the broken link.

  3. Anonymous11:06 pm

    great to hear the boy is back with his family. sorry, my boycott on nasty pee and malay mail is still on.

  4. Anonymous11:09 pm

    Baguslah tu...dah banyak sangat kanak-kanak yang telah dipisahkan daripada ibu-bapa mereka dengan kejam sekali dan entah apa dah jadi dengan mereka.

    Baguslah tu...moga-moga Yin akan membesar penuh dengan kasih-sayang ibu dan ayah.

    Dan marilah kita ingat-ingatkan anak-anak lain yang entah dah jadi dengan nasib mereka.

    Aku merasa gembira dan syukur yang Yin telah dijumpa semula.

  5. Anonymous11:26 pm feels good to hear such news. I'm so happy for the parents and for Yin.

  6. Tahniah and Syabas!
    Shows how much the good media can do...

  7. Anonymous11:47 pm

    Alhamdulilah. The trauma of losing a loved one is something only those in the situation understands. Thanks God the boy is safe.

  8. Anonymous3:57 am

    This is a lesson to all parents. don't just think about shopping all the time.

  9. It's not until late evening that l knew abt this good news.

    The whole nation has been praying that this boy is safe and well and one day be re-united with his rightful parents. Boy..isnt it fantastic that it happened.

    The family who found and returned the boy claimed that they were not aware of the huge publicity in the media regarding the boy's dissapearance. They said they dont have TV and apparently dont understand Malay and probably English too.

    But the maths dont really add up.

    Putting the legal issue aside, nobody would really want this nice Myanmar family be taken to court. I know the boy's parents and the nation would not want that too. We really have to give the benefit of the doubt that the Myanmar family just dont have a clue what's going on.

    But wouldn't anybody with a little bit of common sense and brain know that they will have to take this boy to the Police Station. I am sure that will also be the case in Myanmar.

    Foreign nationals living in Malaysia must abide by the law of the land or learn to adapt to the new environment fast..learn Malay for a start.

  10. Anonymous8:21 am

    Lat year my son was missing for about an hour at Mid Valley. He was there with his best friend and his best friend's parents....Although they only told me about it after the fact, the shock still floored me. I cannot begin to imagine how it would have been if I had to run around Mid Valley looking for my son for one hour. It would have been unbearable hell....Alhamdulillah Yin's family's terrible trial is over..

    thank you Malay Mail..this is what Malay Mail is all about, community action... it takes an old true-blue MM hand like Yushaimi to pull this off, congrats bro

  11. Anonymous11:42 am

    i agree with jacque. it doesn't add up. granted we believe that the myanmar couple don't read paper or watch tv, but hey they are adults, they should know to bring the boy to the police station when they found him. maybe not after 1 or 2 days... but after so long, seeing nobody 'claim' the boy, they should have the common sense to bring him to the police station.

    but never mind that now. forget it as the most important thing is that the boy is safe and happy and now reunited with the family.

  12. Anonymous11:42 am

    yea, chicken pox was the reason given for having Yin's head bald-shaven. fishy, fishy...

    but the bottom line is he's safe and back to his mom and dad.

  13. Yay! Thank God for that!

    I think the possible reason for the Myanmarese family's reluctance to go to the police is because they are probably refugees here (Rohingyas). Refugees are not really recognised in this country and their status is shaky. To go to the police may have gotten them into huge trouble and they may have thought the police would not have believed that they took care of the boy rather than kidnapped him. In any case, once they realised the boy's parents were looking for him, they did do the right thing. So we should just be thankful and leave it at that.

  14. Rocky, Good to know the spirit of Rocky still rock at Malay Mail. Its just the as*h**e bo**es. Still not giving a dime to buy their papers.

  15. Bro,
    My guess goes with marinam and that we should be ever grateful this Mynamar family contacted the family friend and not the police first... otherwise the police would have made a different spin to this Myanmar family's status in this country ( why not...every other types of illegals here are enjoying a piece of our economy pie ?)and the police would stake a claim of the reward money.
    I think without question the reward should go to this couple....never mind what everyone thinks...they surrendered the kid fair and square...maybe even if they were hoping the reward will be up-ed and then maybe collect a bigger amount....and about the hair-cut,well..maybe they were fans of Ronaldo ..or Roberto Carlos ??
    Give them a break lah... afterall they too, like ALL of our ancesters ,came here to the land of milk and honey !

  16. There are some obvious conclusions to this episode:

    a) The hugh publicity campaign to create awareness within the general citizenry by the MSM, blogs and individual efforts by concerned citizens on the ground distributing photo leaflets generated a positive effect and an even happier outcome.

    At the risk of sounding presumptious and ungrateful, the kid could have been too hot a potato to handle. Alternatively, humanity and good sense prevailed, hence, the safe return.

    b) Parental supervision of young children during public outings should be of paramount importance. Keep an eye on your kids, ALWAYS. Kids going astray is not uncommon, especially within the megamalls of today. Whilst going astray may be unintentional, a 'kidnapping' effort by perpetrators has 'intent' written all over it. Do not presume that the latter will only happen to other people's children.

  17. Anonymous7:28 pm

    this would encourage

  18. Anonymous8:21 pm

    yeah!thanks God, Yin safely reunite dengan his family.Tapi...banyak yang perlu kita belajar dari isu ini.Pengawal Keselamatan yang diharapkan menjaga keselamatan di shopping komplek bukannya orang Malaysia lagi..Banyak dari Nepal yang nak berkomunikasipun sepatah pun tak faham.macamana kita nak minta tolong.Yang cuci tandas kita di shopping komplek pun orang Bangla..kalau ada tertinggal barang kat situ jangan harap nak dapat semula terutamanya dompet kita(my son yang baru keluar tandas hilang begduitnya bila tanya Mat Bangla tu hanya geleng kepala buat buat tak faham walaupun hanya dia sorang ja yang ada kat situ pada masa tu).
    Yang tukang kemas bilik hotel pun orang luar negara.Jadi pada siapa lagi yang boleh kita nak harapkan?

  19. there is something seriously wrong with us if we condone begging as a profession, vocation or way of life. Worse, if we close one eye when children are involved.
    We are thankful that Yin is safe. i am sure many of us had feared the worst -- that he could have been dead.

    while we are thankful that rasidah (the myanmar woman) contacted the relevant person about Yin, i don;t think we should crucify the police, in this instance, for wanting to obtain more information from the couple.

    admittedly, how can they be allowed to be beggars. what about their own wellbeing and that of their children.
    this should all be done in the name of humanity and not to prosecute them. if they are found to be doing all that, and they are refugees, then, they should be accorded due process based on the principles of human rights.
    at this point, it is easy to be judgemental of the police. but, let's not act as pseudo liberals. let's see the problem for what it really is.

    is the myanmar's couple account true? we, as members of the community deserve to know that there are no syndicates abducting kids to do things at their behest.

    did the myanmar couple save Yin or did they abduct him?

    i see a little bit of both here. they saved him from the streets and they took him in, shaved his head (big question mark here) and kept him for 2 weeks. question, question, question.

    don't you want answers?

  20. Anonymous6:19 pm

    you know, it's all good putting the blame on the myanmar couple, but we shouldn't forget that yin's parents lost him in the first place. the myanmar couple could have held him longer knowingly or not, but they chose to return him to his parents.

    in the uk, his parents would have been brought to task for their negligence. rather than blamin the couple squarely, look at the parents role in all this as well.

    i'm disgusted to read that the father "forgives" the myanmar couple. he should be asking for forgiveness as well. the twat.

  21. Anonymous7:55 am

    To all, allow me to share my experience about foreign people begging. A woman whom I suspect was a foreigner was begging at a food court in Klang. A young boy about two years old was sleeping slung on her shoulder. When she approached me, I talk to her in malay which she understood. I observed that the young boy does not look like sleeping but sedated. I tried to touch the boy but she backed off.I have kids and I know something is not right. I asked her is the young boy is her son and how old is he? She became uneasy and quickly walked away. Now Does the government or NGOs has HOTLINE number for the public to contact if this situation arises? Please assist!

  22. Anonymous8:54 am

    I know this is going to be very emotionaless and almost uncaring like... but heck cares!?

    Anyway... I was in Jalan Duta bus station over the weekend waiting for my night bus and in the waiting lounge there were 2 boys zipping back and forth. Forget the fact they were making a ruckus, but their parents were ABSOBLARDYLUTELY oblivious to the noise and the fact that their kids were running amok in the lounge. And to make it worse, they were standing close to the doors that leads out to where the busses were parked.

    Something very evil in me started wondering, how compasionate would I be if the boys got out of the lounge and ventured in front of a bus or climbed aboard a bus and the bus drove away?

    Yes... I reiterate the fact that it is a wicked thought.

    I got lost in a mall once donkey's years ago while my nanny took me shopping. Definately my fault cos I was always trying to ditch my parents or nanny. But I went straight to the security guard and told him I was lost. How I know this, because my parents told me and till I was 14 everytime I saw the guard, he always teased me and asked if I was lost.

    To be perfectly honest, I ABSOBLARDYLUTELY cannot stand parents who are so preoccupied with their own toe nails to give a toss about what their kids are doing. And then you sit and cry puddles when your kid goes missing. Don't get me wrong, this may not have been the case for Yin, but the fact still remains, we don't control and restrain our kids as well as our parents used to with us.

    Which is why when I have kids, I am locking them up in a tower till they are 35.


  23. It is a known fact for decades..children are targeted...kidnapped and legs broken to appear pathatic beg. The culprits are welknown getting rich from this evil scheme. If proven guilty...all these devils should be hanged.

  24. Anonymous7:35 am

    Monsterball, this devils do not deserve to be hang but to be physically abuse as they abuse the kids. a taste of their own deeds.