Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Bringing Back Ferris....
I'm glad that something is being done to help Elis Syuhaila Mokhtar bring back her five-year-old son, Ferris who was "abducted" by her ex-husband, to Belgium.
Forty-year-old Frank Theodorus Van De Ven @ Fridaus, with whom she shared custody of Ferris after their divorce, took the child away on the pretext of taking him for a holiday in Penang nine months ago.
That was the last time Elis saw her son.
Elis, 34, immediately sought recourse in the Syariah High Court to gain full custody of Ferris. Yesterday, the court awarded her custody.
She has got custody but, really, what's the use when the child is in another country.
What can she do?
I felt for Elis. I can only imagine her pain. She must have been utterly bereft. So helpless at what seems to be such hopelessness.
Thankfully, our Foreign Ministry has been on the case. The ministry and the Belgian Government have tracked down Ferris and will work to bring him back.
Wisma Putra, according to the NST, is now in the midst of discussing his return with the Belgian authorities.
Foreign Ministry consular division under-secretary Ayauf Bachi said five Malaysian missions, including those from Thailand and Netherlands, started searching for Van De Ven following Ferris' disappearance.
Ferris is Malaysian. He was taken abroad without his passport which is with Elis.
The Belgian authorities finally notified the Malaysian mission in Brussels of Frank's whereabouts in September.
The Belgian Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Aid Ministry had served a summon and a warrant of arrest issued by the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department to Frank on Oct 16.
I'm not sure how this will turn out. I hope for a happy ending. But, well, we know, in these sort of situations, there is never a happy ending, because someone will be hurt.
Here's the NST report.
Also, go here to Elis' blog "Bring Back Ferris To Malaysia".
Photo of Elis and Ferris -- courtesy NST.