William Yau's case: 'Accidental fall not possible'
RIVER BOOMS: William Yau's body could not have floated past 3 traps along Sungai Klang
SUBANG JAYA: A NEW lead has emerged which debunks the accidental death theory in William Yau Zhen Zhong's case.
It was earlier believed that William had accidentally fallen into Sungai Klang after walking about three kilometres from where he was last seen in Putra Heights.
But new evidence showed that it was not possible for his body to have ended up where it was found near Kampung Sireh, Port Klang, if William had fallen into the river at Putra Heights.
This was because log booms and waste traps had been installed along the river. The body would have been caught up in the traps.
Going by the location of the waste traps, William would need to walk a distance of at least 16km, past the last waste trap, and fall into the river in order to have his body washed up to where he was found.
And this is physically impossible for a 6-year-old boy.
Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) engineer Khairul Adzim Sa'adon said William could not have fallen into the river from where he was reported missing.
"There are three log booms installed along Sungai Klang from the speculated point to where his body was found near Kampung Sungai Sireh," he told the New Sunday Times.
He said the log boom or waste traps were installed in nearby Seksyen 24, Shah Alam; Sungai Kandis; and Jalan Harper in Klang.
Cleaning and maintenance works were also carried out on the traps daily. Khairul dismissed the possibility that a body could have gone through the log boom, as they were made to trap small items.
Caretaker of the Sungai Lanchong turnkey, which flows to Sungai Klang, Fauzi Man, 40, said the water flowing to the booms was slow and only knee-deep.
Fauzi, who has been stationed at the turnkey for the past 11 years, agreed that William's body would be trapped by the log booms if he had fallen near where he was last seen.
"Besides, the villagers here are a close-knit community and would be aware if a boy had wandered into the area and fallen into the river.
"Many people also fish along the river as the irrigation channels and monsoon drains are teeming with fish such as ikan sepat and talapia," he said.
At 4pm yesterday, the Subang Jaya police, accompanied by DID staff, inspected a monsoon drain in Kampung Bukit Lanchong here, which leads to a drainage system near an electrical store where William had gone missing on Jan 16.
The team, led by Subang Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli along with his deputy, Superintendent Tan Ah Chua, and senior officers conducted the hour-long investigation to determine the possible places where William could have fallen into the drain.
"It is too soon to make a conclusion as we are exploring all angles," Yahaya said.
"We have already called our counterparts in Malacca to assist in interviewing William's brother who is currently there," he said.
Yahaya added that the police planned to conduct interviews with relatives of the victim, staff from the electrical store as well as other witnesses.