ALOR SETAR – A grandmother, 53, wants to claim custody of her three-year-old grandson who was allegedly forced to smoke syabu in a car in Sungai Petani.
“I promise I’ll look after him until the day I die.
“He used to be a happy boy, living in our modest home in the estate.
“I don’t want him to be cared by undeserving people,” she said at her home in Ladang Harvard, Gurun, yesterday.
On Tuesday, video clips purportedly showing a boy being forced to smoke syabu have gone viral on social media.
A man could be heard repeatedly asking whether the boy liked it or not.
The boy, who appeared to be high, then replied that he liked it.
In another clip, the boy, teary-eyed, was seen sitting naked on the floor while a man was heard threatening to force him to eat rice.
The boy is now warded at Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in Sungai Petani, pending investigations from the police and the state Welfare Department.
The grandmother said the boy’s father, who works as a cleaner in Singapore, would return to help the police in their investigation.
She said she had not seen her grandson for the past three months.
“His mother would promise to bring him to us but they didn’t turn up. I miss him,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kedah CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said they had picked up a man at 3am at the hospital yesterday.
He said police would investigate the case under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for neglect and exposure of a child to physical injury.
Kedah Social Welfare director Md Noor Chik said the boy was in good health, adding that he would be warded at the hospital pending orders to be discharged.
He said that upon discharge, the boy would be placed under the department’s temporary custody.
He said the boy would only be handed over to the eligible family once police completed their investigation.
The boy’s urine test has come back negative. – The Star Online