I just want them to find my suffering boy, says mother

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2000, 12:00am

Man-hon's mother said she had still not received a direct apology for what had happened to her son. Yu Lai Wai-ling also dismissed the report as irrelevant.

'This isn't the time for it. The only important thing now is to find Man-hon. It has been almost one month now. I really don't know if my son is alive or dead.'

The inquiry report was handed to Man-hon's parents by Chief Immigration Officer (Lowu) Lau Man-hin, who spent an hour explaining its content to them.

But Mrs Yu, who is still in Shenzhen searching for her son, said he did not apologise directly and she was disappointed with the attitude of officials.

'When my son went away from me, I immediately called the police. How can it be that they have not found him? Up to this moment, I have not heard any words of apology.'

Mrs Yu said she believed the Government report was no more than an attempt to evade responsibility.

'I have been handing out pamphlets since early this morning, but my hardship is nothing to the sufferings of my son. My son cannot say how to find his mother. I wish I could shoulder his sufferings for him.'

After visiting the family, Mr Lau said he believed the Government had already apologised to the family and he himself felt regret.

An Immigration Department spokesman said last night there might have been a misunderstanding of words between the officer and the family. 'Mr Lau has already shown regret to the family while handing them the report.'

He said the Government had made public and face-to-face apologies to the family on a number of occasions.

'On 5 September, the acting Security Secretary said sorry to Mrs Yu during his visit. A day after that our fellow colleagues also said sorry to her,' he said, adding that Regina Ip also apologised to the family yesterday.