Software Engineer Seeks Help To Find Wife Who's Been Missing For 14 Days After Taiwan Trip

Authorities are led to believe that the victim may be in Laos.

Cover image via Amirudin Sahib/Harian Metro & Kosmo!

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A software engineer is seeking help from the authorities to locate
his wife, who has been missing for the past 14 days

44-year-old Loh Seow Hwa said his 63-year-old wife, Lee Je Siang, left their home in Bandar Puchong, Selangor, for personal matters in Taiwan on 28 December last year, reported Harian Metro.

Lee, a volunteer worker, was scheduled to return to Malaysia on 7 January, but has been uncontactable since 3 January.

"On 3 January, I called [my wife] to inquire about the date and time of her return flight to Malaysia.

"She informed me that she would arrive at 9pm on 7 January. But on the day that she was supposed to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), she did not show up.

"My attempts to contact her mobile phone also failed," said Loh during a press conference held by the Federal Territory PKR Complaints and Legal Bureau and Malaysia International Humanitarian Organisation (MHO) today, 18 January.

Loh Seow Hwa (left) holding a photo of his wife, Lee Je Siang, at the press conference today, 18 January.

Image via Kosmo!

Loh said he believed his wife went missing after discovering that her WhatsApp's last active status was unchanged since 4 January

He then reached out to several of Lee's friends in an effort to locate her and eventually discovered a lead when he contacted their child's nanny.

According to Loh, the nanny said Lee had recently settled payment for the childcare service via wire transfer.

"The nanny sent a receipt for the payment made by my wife. Based on the receipt, the money transfer was made from Laos.

"I don't know why my wife is there because she told me she was going to Taiwan. I'm worried she may have been abducted because her mobile phone is no longer reachable," he said.

Loh (first from the left) at a press conference today, 18 January.

Image via Amirudin Sahib/Harian Metro

Following the discovery, Loh filed a missing person's report at the Serdang district police headquarters and reported the case to the Malaysian embassy in Laos

MHO public relations officer Daniel Khoo said they have raised Lee's case to the Malaysian embassy in Laos and are working to locate her, reported the New Straits Times.

He said that the embassy has always been corporative in assisting stranded or missing Malaysians.

"In any case involving Malaysians abroad, we will refer to the embassy, and they will provide cooperation in addition to helping to resolve it.

"This includes cases of Malaysians becoming victims of human trafficking. The embassy collaborates with the government and authorities of the respective country to rescue the victims," explained Khoo.

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