KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 – Wanita MCA said today it would assist Loh Siew Hong in setting up a food business, besides handing RM5,000 to the single mother.
Wanita MCA national chairwoman Heng Seai Kie said in a statement that Wanita MCA and Beliawanis MCA met with Loh last Thursday at Wisma MCA here, where the 34-year-old woman told them that she had nearly exhausted her savings in her search for her three children throughout the peninsula and legal fees in her efforts to retrieve them.
Last Monday, Loh was finally reunited with her children – 14-year-old twin girls and a 10-year-old son – when the High Court here ordered their release from the Perlis Welfare Department into her care in the latest case of the unilateral conversion of children to Islam.
Heng said today that Loh told them she wanted to operate a food stall. Wanita MCA and Beliawanis MCA suggested that she set up a stall at a shopping centre in downtown Kuala Lumpur or to run a food truck business.
“Irrespective of the option that Mdm Loh reaches and the location she chooses, Wanita MCA and Beliawanis will help her fulfil her dreams as much as possible. These include, assisting to apply for a micro-credit loan from Kojadi, licensing from the related local council, fundraising to enable Mdm Loh to secure the capital needed to start her food business,” Heng said today.
“Beliawanis will also help Mdm Loh in branding her dishes to reach higher publicity. Within the next week or so, Mdm Loh will come up with a business plan and make a final decision.”
Wanita MCA also gave Loh an RM5,000 cheque during their meeting to help Loh and her children settle down during their transition period.
Loh, who accused her ex-husband of physically abusing her, had not seen her children for three years after her ex-husband allegedly abducted them in 2019, while she was hospitalised with injuries allegedly inflicted by her husband, and converted the underaged children into Islam without her knowledge or consent.
Despite the High Court granting Loh in March 2021 sole custody of her children and Loh filing 10 police reports to locate her children, the Hindu woman was still unable to take her children with her, as she went looking for them in Penang and Perlis, until her efforts to retrieve her children ended with her successful habeas corpus application in Kuala Lumpur.
The children’s father is currently in jail for drug-related offences.