Tuesday, May 30, 2000

83-year-old man reported missing

New Straits Times

TAN..spotted in Yong Peng.JOHOR BARU, Mon. – Tan Sue Yong’s liking for estates is understandable, having spent much of his younger days working in one. The 83-year-old from Yong Peng would always be seen strolling in nearby rubber plantations daily.

But his passion probably brought him a little too far on May 23. Tan, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, went for a walk and has not returned home since.

“When he did not come home at 5pm that day, our family mounted a search around Yong Peng town but failed to find him,” said Tan’s son, Roger.

White haired Tan, who was staying with his wife Swee Mei, 76, and an Indonesian maid, had left home wearing short-sleeved, greyish shirt and brown long pants.

He was reported to have been spotted at a shopping complex in Yong Peng earlier in the morning, at Taman Desa Putih the next day and at Ladang Yong Peng on May 25.

A police reported has been lodged.

Yesterday, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who happened to be in Yong Peng, also visited the family and assured that the authorities would do their best to locate Tan.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Minister and Johor Chief Police Officer Datuk Zulkipli Mat Noor for their concern and assistance,” Roger said.

Those with information on Tan’s whereabouts can contact the nearest police station, Yong Peng Police Station (tel no: 07-4761222), or Roger (tel no: 019-7651289), or website www.rtkm.com.my/dad.

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