KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 3,522 of the 3,937 children who were reported missing in the country from 2014 to January 2016 have been found, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said 90 per cent of the 2,015 cases which were reported in 2014 (1,959 children) have been found, with 56 more still missing.
He said 87 per cent of the 1,782 children reported missing last year, or 1,563, have been found, with 219 still missing.
He said in January this year, 140 children were reported missing, adding that no time frame had been set to find all the missing children and police would continue their search until they are found.
“Those who are missing cannot be declared dead until there is evidence to prove it,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baharu) on whether the missing children would be considered dead if they were not found.
Masir said of the reported cases, Johor recorded the highest number (681) of missing children, followed by Selangor (538) and Kedah (474).
He said the most cases (2,159) involved those aged between 13 and 15 years, while the number of missing girls was 2,955 and boys 982.
He said Malay children recorded the highest number of cases at 2,691, Indian at 409, Chinese (241) and others (596).
He said the reasons for the children going missing included seeking freedom, following friends or lovers, running away from home due to misunderstandings with the family, and seeking jobs.