KUALA LUMPUR: Yvonne Phua Sze Kei was dropped off at the front gate of her secondary school in Setapak by her mother on Wednesday and has since gone missing.
Her mother, Tan Lu Ceng, returned to Sekolah Menengah (P) Air Panas in the afternoon only to be informed by her daughter’s teacher that 18-year-old Yvonne had not attended any classes for the day.
“A man in his 40s and another girl are responsible for my daughter’s disappearance as she had always been well-behaved and focused on her studies,” a distraught Tan told reporters yesterday.
“About a month ago, I began receiving phone calls early in the morning from a man who threatened to take my daughter away if I did not consent to her relationship with another girl,” said the 42-year-old mother of three.
“My daughter befriended this girl through a social networking website and I know next to nothing about this girl. My main priority has always been Yvonne’s education.”
Tan claimed she tried explaining this to the man but he still maintained his threats.
On Wednesday, Tan and her two sons, aged 16 and 17, combed the surrounding neighbourhood near the school looking for Yvonne before lodging a missing person’s report at the Wangsa Maju police station.
The girl was later seen with a man at a budget hotel near the school in Setapak.
The family then checked with the hotel staff who told them that the man and a girl were frequent guests there.
“Every time they stayed at the hotel, they booked two rooms and man and girl were always accompanied by a secondary schoolgirl. I learnt that my daughter was the third schoolgirl seen with them,” the mother claimed.
Tan sought the assistance of the MCA Wangsa Maju division whose chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look met Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Zakaria Pagan yesterday.