Sunday, June 18, 2000

Sue Yong’s children await his early return

ON STAND BY...Volunteers manning at the Larkin bus terminal on the lookout for Sue Yong.
New Straits Times

JOHOR BARU. Sat – Lawyer Roger Tan’s wish is to be reunited with his father and to throw in a big feast on Father’s Day tomorrow.

But with the whereabouts of his missing father still unknown, chances of such a happy reunion are getting remote.

Undaunted, Tan has started mobilising non-governmental organisations, religious institutions and individuals to look out for his 83-year-old father, Sue Yong, who went missing from his Yong Peng home on May 23.

His disappearance was advertised in several newspapers today.

Tan said he would co-ordinate the search operations in Johor Baru while his five sisters and brother would do the same in other districts in Johor, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

The siblings will be at bus terminals as Sue Yong was reportedly sighted on express buses and at bus stations on a number of occasions recently.

“Never had he (Sue Yong) left us for so long. We are very concerned about him, especially for the fact that he did not take his medicine (for high blood pressure) for nearly a month,” he said today.

“While we continue to keep our fingers crossed, our wish is to find him latest by tomorrow, as we want to celebrate Father’s Day with him in our hometown (Yong Peng).”

Sue Yong, who is suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, went for a walk on May 23 and has not returned home since.

The man left home wearing a short-sleeved greyish white shirt and a brown pair of trousers.

He was reported to have been spotted by an express bus driver in Larkin on June 13.

Prior to that, he was said to have been spotted in Lucky Garden in Yong Peng, and Taman Melor and Taman Johor in Johor Baru.

Tan believed that his father was trying to find the way home.

“I believe that my father is still alive. It is a matter of time before we find him,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tan appealed to certain people to stop making crank calls which only added more misery to his family.

Those with information on Sue Yong can contact the Yong Peng police station at tel: 07-4761222, or Tan at 019-7651289.

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