China to treat Malaysian banned from exiting country ‘according to law’

Heng-Seai-Kie-Cheng-Chau-YangPETALING JAYA: China has given an assurance that a Malaysian there who has been barred from leaving the country will be treated in accordance to the letter of the law.

The Star today reported a spokesman from the Chinese embassy as saying that the case of Cheng Chau Yang, 42, and her eight-year old son will be handled according to local laws.

“China practises the rule of law and everyone is equal before the law,” the spokesman was quoted as saying yesterday.

The report said Cheng has been prohibited from leaving China since Oct 2015 after her ex-husband, a Chinese national, sought a court order for the travel ban.

It said the restriction is renewable every three months until the son reaches the age of 18.

It also quoted MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie as saying that she hoped to bring the matter to the attention of the top leaders in China and Malaysia.

She said the leadership in China was unaware of the case in which Cheng was divorced after allegedly undergoing abuse during the marriage.

She was quoted as saying that the leaders there could hopefully empathise with Cheng and her son, who also holds Malaysian citizenship, and free them from their distress.

Cheng, who lives in Shanghai, was reportedly granted sole custody of the boy in Dec 2014 after filing for divorce in February that year.

The former husband then obtained a court order for the travel ban which she has been unable to overturn.

The Star also reported Cheng’s family as saying in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday that the former husband had abducted the boy in 2012.

They claimed that although he returned the child to Cheng a week later, he took him away again in July 2013 when Cheng was away in Singapore for work, the report said.

She found him in October 2015 in Changchun city, living under a fake identity with her ex-husband’s elder sister, it added.

The man’s family then attempted to take the child away again in January last year, it said.

The report also said the press conference had screened a video on Cheng’s predicament titled “Trapped Behind the Invisible Great Wall” made by her cousin.