Elderly woman claims her missing granddaughter is in Myanmar

IPOH: An elderly woman who dreams of her 30-year-old granddaughter thinks she has disappeared in Myanmar.

Incense stick seller Lee Soo Har, 73, said her last contact with her granddaughter Chow Lai Wah was before Chinese New Year last year.

“Towards the end of 2020, my granddaughter moved to Myanmar to work as an online money lender.

“She even sent me some money – around RM300 – and told me she was fine,” Lee told a press conference yesterday held by the Ipoh MP’s political secretary Timur , Steven Tiw.

“She hasn’t called home since then,” she said, adding that Chow was a saleswoman before she left for Myanmar.

Between sobs, Lee, from Taman Pasir Puteh, said she feared Chow had been scammed and forced to work in Myanmar.

“I am illiterate and I don’t know much.

“I heard from friends that there have been many cases of people being cheated and sent abroad to work,” she said, adding that a report had been filed at the police station in Pasir Puteh on May 5.

“She is about 160cm tall and has long hair. I hope she will be found safely and that she will contact me again.

“I raised her as my own daughter since she was just a toddler,” she said, adding that Chow’s mother had abandoned her.

“When she was around 18, one of her aunts took her to Kuala Lumpur to look for work, but she often came back here,” said Lee, who has eight children.

Tiw said he received a number of similar reports related to workplace scams.

“I hope people pay attention to job postings that are too good to be true. Don’t be overconfident. Learn more about the offer.

“We hope that those who know where Chow is can contact us on 05-321 9988 or 010-393 2908,” he added.

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