On 16th January 2013 (Wednesday) 32-year-old Yau Kok Kang and his wife, 26-year-old Goh Ying Ying went to Onking Chain Store (M) Sdn Bhd in Putra Heights. They left their three children, Eric, William, and Cindy inside their car with the windows open while they were in the electrical appliances store to look for a new washing machine.
Call it bad luck or call it “taking things for granted”, but that move was something that Yau and Goh will regret doing for a long, long time to come.
Yau and Goh were in the store, which was only a few meters from their parked car, for about 15 minutes. Little William, who is only six years old, reportedly got out of the car to look for his parents when his one-year-old sister, Cindy started crying, has disappeared ever since.
According to the Onking Chain Store (M) Sdn Bhd salesman, Kelvin Beah, Goh returned shortly after she left, crying and asking whether he had seen her son but he told her that he hadn’t. After which, he helped her to scour the area, which has 45 shoplots that were mostly open at the time, for the boy.
But their efforts were in vain because William was nowhere to be found.
Since then, the Yau family, their neighbours, and their friends have been searching high and low for the boy. Thousands of flyers have been printed out and pasted just about anywhere that it can be clearly seen.
Thousands of Malaysians have also taken the #WilliamYau search across all social media platforms including Facebook (PDRM Facebook page, “Malaysian Mothers Against Crime” Facebook page, Tune Talk’s Facebook page) and Twitter.
The search has also been intensified with a police ground team going door to door in the Putra Heights neighbourhood where William was last seen, complete with a K9 dog unit.
Just yesterday, MC Public Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Michael Chong confirmed that his bureau was informed by a member of the public that a boy who closely resembled William was seen in Segambut Dalam. Panic rose when the information that was given to the bureau also indicated that William might now be in the “care” of a foreigner as the boy was being carried by a foreigner.
Federal Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Zeri Bakri Zinin, on the other hand, said that the police firmly believe that William is being held by someone but no ransom demand has been received, to date.
William Yau was last seen wearing a yellow-gold T-shirt. Those with information on William or his whereabouts can contact Sjn Goh Lai Than at 03-5631 9800 or 012-2197133 or William’s father, Yau Kok Kang at 016-969 1616.