For Malaysian mum trapped in China, son trumps freedom

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — A Malaysian mother barred from leaving China due to her efforts to recover her twice-abducted child said she does not regret her actions.

Instead, she spoke of her determination to fight the ban and regain their freedom to leave China and return home.

Cheng Chau Yang, 42, told Malay Mail Online of the events stretching back years that led to the ongoing travel ban against her and her eight-year-old Malaysian child, and her continued struggle to keep her child with her.

Cheng married a Chinese national in 2004 and had a son in July 2009, but the marriage was described by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and her family’s lawyer as “abusive”, with Cheng suffering both verbal and physical abuse. Read more

Heng: We’re confident China’s laws can handle M’sian mother-and-son case

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The case of a Malaysian in China who, along with her son, has been banned from leaving the Middle Kingdom since October 2015, will be handled according to local laws, says the Chinese embassy here.

“China practises the rule of law and everyone is equal before the law,” an embassy spokesman said when contacted yesterday.

Cheng Chau Yang’s plight was highlighted by Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie at a press conference at Wisma MCA on Friday.

Both Cheng, 42, and her eight-year-old son, who live in Shanghai, are prohibited from leaving China following a Shanghai court order on the travel ban after a request by Cheng’s ex-husband, a Chinese national.

The ban is renewable every three months until the son turns 18. Read more

Groups urge China to lift travel ban on two Malaysians, stop rights violation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — China should remove a travel ban on two Malaysians there instead of denying their rights to freely enter and exit the country, local advocacy groups said today.

Voice of the Children’s chairman Sharmila Sekaran noted that China is a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), highlighting the international human rights treaty’s Articles 3 and 10 which requires a child’s “best interests” to be considered and to be allowed free movement between countries to meet their family members abroad.

Commenting on the plight of Cheng Chau Yang and her eight-year-old son who are barred by Chinese authorities from leaving China, Sharmila pointed out that the UNCRC also touches on governments’ obligations to respect a child’s right to an identity in forms such as nationality, culture and family ties.

“This child first and foremost is a Malaysian national who has been denied the right to come back to Malaysia to absorb his Malaysian-ness, and discover himself as a Malaysian… He is denied the right to eat Malaysian food and more importantly he is denied his right to his Malaysian family,” she said at a joint press conference with other advocacy groups and Cheng’s family. Read more