JOHOR BARU: The parents of 24-year-old medical student Ho Zheng Han are worried as the youth has been incommunicado for the past year after taking a year’s break from studies in the United Kingdom.
Ho Seng Yeow and his wife Choong Yoke Chun only wish their son would tell them that he was all right.
They are concerned over information they received about Zheng Han’s immigration records that he entered Malaysia a few times through the border checkpoint at the Causeway.
Zheng Han, who is from Kulai, Johor, is a third year medical student under a Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship at University of Cambridge.
Seng Yeow said he contacted the PSD when he was unable to contact his son after trying for a month.
He was informed via PSD in September last year that his son, who was the elder of two boys, had applied for a year’s break from studies citing certain reasons.
They sought help from the PSD, which lodged a police report on their behalf in Putrajaya on Oct 26 last year.
“The PSD approved for my son to defer his studies for one year between September 2016 and August 2017 citing personal reasons.
“Even though he informed his university and the PSD about his intention to take a break, he did not inform his family. Maybe he did not want to worry us.
“We tried to contact him for a month but to no avail. We then informed the PSD which lodged a police report on our behalf. The PSD also wrote to the Immigration Department to help trace our son,” said Seng Yeow, 55, who is self-employed.
He said on Oct 3 last year, the PSD received information that his son entered Malaysia through the Sultan Iskandar Building customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) in Johor Baru.
Similar records of his movement were found as recently as Aug 10, which fuelled Seng Yeow’s suspicion that his son may be working in Singapore to fend for himself.
“We tried contacting his friends but they claimed not to know where Zheng Han is,” he said.
The youth’s parents sought help from Johor MCA Government Coordinating Affairs chairman Michael Tay Chee Boon, who arranged for a press conference at his office today.
“Hopefully, Zheng Han’s friends can help to persuade him to contact his parents,” he said.
Choong, 55, said her son was a straight A student who knew how to take care of himself.
Having scored nine As for his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia when he studied at SMK Bandar Putra, Kulai, he continued to do well in his A-Levels before receiving a scholarship to study medicine.
“Before he stopped contacting us, I would talk to him on Skype once every two to three weeks. We’d talk for 15 to 20 minutes each time and he never told us of any problem he had.
“My son is very independent. Maybe a bit too independent. But I miss him very much and we are worried about his wellbeing,” she said.