PETALING JAYA: A 21-year-old Malaysian student reported missing in Taiwan has been found — in police detention for alleged fraud.
Tang Wei Kang, an official of the Taiwan tourism ministry’s Chinese Affairs Department, told Sin Chew Daily that the student, Chan Shao Siang, had been detained for breaking the law.
He said Chan’s family had been informed of his arrest by the university.
“I called the university lecturer and he told me police had taken Chan into custody on March 29,” Tang said.
Chan was due to return to Malaysia on March 30.
On April 5, his father reported him missing at the Kuala Kangsar police station.
He said his son had spoken to the family on March 25 and told them he would be returning home at the end of the month.
Tang said Chan was denied bail because he was not a citizen of Taiwan and posed a flight risk.
Chan is said to have landed in trouble after he bought a handphone and computer components online for about NT$10,000 (RM1,445).
“The problem was that he did not give the computer components vendor his own phone number, but that of the handphone vendor,” Tang said.
This led the computer components vendor to lodge a police report, he added.
“If convicted under the island’s laws, he could be jailed for five months or fined,” Tang said, adding the case was up for mention in court next week.