Singaporean reported missing in Tioman returns home

Mr Sinar Widjoyo was located last Saturday in Johor Baru, says MFA. His daughter, Ms Haryati, thanks those who helped in locating him, including the Malaysian police.
Mr Sinar Widjoyo was located last Saturday in Johor Baru, says MFA. His daughter, Ms Haryati, thanks those who helped in locating him, including the Malaysian police.

A Singaporean tourist who went missing for three days in Malaysia has returned home safely and is with his family.

Mr Sinar Widjoyo Tugi, 73, who was reported missing in Pulau Tioman last Wednesday, was located last Saturday morning in Johor Baru, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said.

Mr Sinar Widjoyo's daughter, Ms Haryati, said in a Facebook post last Saturday that her father had been found. She also thanked those who helped in locating her father, including the Malaysian police.

Last Thursday, Pahang Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Anuar Hassan said 14 staff had been mobilised in a search operation with the police to look for Mr Sinar Widjoyo, who was then last seen at a resort in Kampung Paya on the popular holiday island.

His family lodged a missing person report in Mersing last Wednesday afternoon before the case was referred to the police in Rompin.

According to local media reports, police investigations found that the Singaporean had taken a ferry to Mersing.

The ferry crew said they had seen Mr Sinar Widjoyo, but he did not disembark when they reached the Mersing jetty. He had told the crew that he wished to return to Singapore, and a crew member took him to the bus ticket counter.

He was believed to have taken a bus to Johor Baru, where he was found.

In a statement last Saturday, MFA said the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Baru, which was in contact with the local authorities, assisted Mr Sinar Widjoyo's family and facilitated his return home.

Calvin Yang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2016, with the headline 'S'porean reported missing in Tioman returns home'. Print Edition | Subscribe