The New Straits Times carried the following article on 14th September 2008. Dearth of latest developements on Sharlinie and Asmawi, perhaps this article can remind us that there are more than the two missing children in Malaysia currently. One of them is Syed Ahmad Kushairi Syed Jamal.
FOUR years have passed since her son's disappearance but a 47-year-old hospital attendant doesn't let each black cross on the calendar break her spirits.
Mum Taj Bagam Ab Razak still hopes to see her son.
"Yes, I believe if he's alive, he will come back. I'm waiting for that day."
Casting a glance out of the window of her low-cost flat in Ampang, Mum Taj recounted the Saturday when her youngest son got lost.
"That time, it was like today. Raining. He was riding his bicycle."
The family, among the last to move out of the squatter area in Lembah Jaya Selatan, Ampang, was busy packing up when at 3pm, they realised something amiss.
Eight-year-old Syed Ahmad Kushairi Syed Jamal didn't respond to calls.
His eldest sister went out in search for him, only to find the boy's bicycle lying by a monsoon drain.
Kushairi was cycling a few metres away from home for half an hour. That was the last his family saw of him.
A missing child report was lodged, the Fire and Rescue Services Department came and went, and Mum Taj has seen more than 30 bomoh.
A rescue officer told Mum Taj that from his experience, the boy didn't fall into a drain.
"I believe him, because Kushairi is afraid of water. Even in Sunway Lagoon, he didn't want to mandi. He'd hold on tight to us when he had to cross over some drains.
"I also know my son didn't follow a stranger because he's shy. He doesn't talk, play or go near any stranger."
All the shamans, said Mum Taj, told her that her son is alive.
"They told me, saudara ambik. Saudara sakit hati. Budak itu di tangan orang. Siapa takde anak."
(A relative took him away because of angst. The child is in someone's hands. Someone who is childless.)
Even before this revelation, Mum Taj's instinct told her the same.
A few more reports were lodged, the case was reclassified as abduction. Mum Taj has provided fresh information from time to time.
Calls to the police for updates all these years were always met with the response that they are too busy to meet us.
"People tell me not to worry since the bomoh said my son is being taken care of by someone. It's easy for people to say that. But I cannot live like that."
Mum Taj, who has four other children, is constantly worried about her son's welfare.
She doesn't know how well her son is treated, whether he has enough to eat.
"There's nothing much we can do but wait.
"In my dreams, my son hugs us and cries. He scolds us, asking why we never came and looked for him. It breaks my heart."
- New Straits Times