Kota Kinabalu – Netizens have been called to stop spreading rumours in connection with the missing 3-year-old Low Min You which enters a week today.
Stressing it as obstructing investigation, city police chief Assistant Commissioner Jauteh Dikun said the social media was moving ahead of them, spreading rumours on the boy.
“People are saying on Facebook and WhatsApp that the boy was spotted in Keningau. Some are saying that the father staged the kidnapping and that the toddler was at the man’s friend’s condominium in Bukit Padang or at a house in the Beverly Hills apartment in Penampang, the last couple of days.
“Stop spreading such rumours because it is not helping us in the investigation in any way,” said Jauteh, adding that these lies were troubling Min You’s family members, while they coped with his disappearance.
Jauteh also confirmed that police have remanded the child’s parents for three days to facilitate police investigation.
“We will also investigate this case under Section 31 (1) of the Children Act 2001,” he added.
The Magistrate’s Court here yesterday ordered the child’s parents to be remanded for three days to facilitate police investigation.
Court registrar Danny Buaya granted the application made in chambers by investigating officer Inspector Shreethran Balan for a remand order against the husband, 31, and wife, 26, following conflicting statements given by the couple.
A third person was also remanded for questioning, believed to be the couple’s friend.
He was detained on the same day the couple were produced in court.
Min You went missing at 5.50am on May 9 when his father, Yee Sheng, 31, left him in a car while he went to the toilet at a petrol kiosk in Kampung Air, in downtown Kota Kinabalu.
The vehicle went missing and was found several hours later some 3km away in Signal Hill, but there was no sign of Min You.