Friday August 28, 2009
Mum pines for son said to be overseas
BERITA Harian front-paged a report about Elis Syuhaila Mokhtar, who has not seen her son Ferris Mokhtar van de Ven, six, for six months after he was allegedly whisked away by her Dutch husband to Belgium in March.
The 34-year-old mother only discovered that her son was overseas when Immigration Department records showed that he left the country through Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, on March 5 and there was no record showing that he had re-entered the country.
Her husband has custody of him.
The mother had bought Ferris a pair of Baju Melayu for Hari Raya, but could only hope that he would be returned to her, the paper said.
Elis Syuhaila, who works as a temporary teacher at Sk Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, said it was heart-wrenching looking at her son’s other belongings such as his blanket and toys.
Elis Syuhaila has yet to obtain any information from Interpol and Wisma Putra about Ferris and appealed to the Government to help her trace him.
On March 25, Shah Alam Syariah Court issued an arrest warrant against Firdaus @ Frank Theodorus van de Ven, 40, and requested for cooperation from Interpol and other relevant authorities to arrest and stop him from leaving Malaysia.
The warrant was issued after Frank, a computer programmer, failed to surrender Ferris back to Elis Syuhaila on March 5.
The couple, who are in the process of divorce after being married since 2001, lived in Maasmechelen, Belgium, after their wedding and Elis Syuhaila returned to Malaysia two years ago.
The daily also highlighted a report about the great-grandchild of the late Malay warrior Tok Janggut, who fought the British in Kelantan in 1915, asking the Government to give proper recognition to Tok Janggut in conjunction with the 52nd independence day celebrations.
Sulaiman Ismail, 85, questioned why
the Government awarded recognition to freedom fighters like Datuk Bahaman, Mat Kilau and Dol Said, but had ignored Tok Janggut.
Sulaiman also proposed that his great-grandfather’s grave be moved from Pasir Pekan, Tumpat, to Kampung Saring — his village of origin that became the battleground — in order to recognise his struggles.