It was a short but joyful reunion between single mother Loh Siew Hong and her three children, taken and converted to another religion by their father.
According to Penang deputy chief minister P. Ramasamy, Loh briefly met her three children at the Kangar police station in Perlis, yesterday, accompanied by DAP leaders Satees Muniandy and David Marshel.
Prior to the meeting, the police had retrieved the children - a pair of twin girls aged 14, and their younger brother aged 10, from the custody of an Islamic organisation in Perlis.
Ramasamy said that during the meeting, Loh was shown the documents pertaining to the conversion of the three children, by a woman who operates an NGO in Bayan Lepas in Penang, while the children's father was in prison for drug-related activities.
The DAP leader lauded the police for acting professionally in Loh's unilateral conversion case, unlike that of M Indira Gandhi, which has been dragging on for more than a decade.
Despite having full custody of the children awarded by the court to her in March last year, Loh has decided to temporarily place the kids under the care of the Perlis Welfare Department to let them calm down, and until her habeas corpus application is heard at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Feb 21, said Ramasamy.
"The children cried upon seeing the mother but they were coached to the extent that if they were left with the mother, the father would commit suicide in prison," he wrote.
When finally reunited, Loh plans to let the children stay with her in Genting Highlands, where she works as a chef.
Loh was given a divorce from her husband on March 19, 2019, after allegedly sustaining abuse at his hands.
By the time she got out of the hospital after recovering from a fractured leg, the man had already taken their kids without her knowledge and hid them.
He was eventually arrested and sent to a jail in Kelantan, and she was accorded full custody of the children in March 2021.
Despite that, she had no luck locating the children, and it was only in early this year that she heard that they were under the care of a religious school in Penang. Subsequent efforts to trace them, however, proved futile.
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Tue Feb 15 2022