Personal Shopper from China Goes Missing in Malaysia

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The Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur is trying to trace a 25-year-old Chinese woman who has been missing for a fortnight, after arriving in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 7.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun confirmed the missing person’s case and said that the police are doing everything possible to find He, The Star reported.

“We have taken all the proactive measures,” he was quoted saying.

The Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur said it had already begun working with the local police.

“We are very concerned about the personal safety of He Yuting,” a worker at the consular protection department told the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

“We have communicated with the Malaysian government and police, and they will contact us once they have an update.”

He Yuting, 25, lives in southwestern China’s Sichuan province but has been travelling to Malaysia for work two or three times a year since 2015.

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Her mother, Wang Lunyan, said He worked as a ‘daigou’ – a kind of personal shopper who buys goods in foreign countries to take advantage of preferential prices.

The last time mother and daughter spoke, He told her she was well and not to worry.

But since Feb 22, He’s phone has been turned off and none of her mother’s messages has been returned.

She also last updated her Weibo account on Feb 22.

He left her home in the city of Mianzhu for her most recent visit to Kuala Lumpur on Feb 7, but did not tell her family the exact purpose of the trip, SCMP reported.

“She didn’t tell me why she was going to Malaysia…I asked her if she was going to see her boyfriend, she just smiled and didn’t say yes or no,” Wang was quoted saying.

According to Sin Chew Daily, He, also known as Ling Ling, arrived on Feb 7 to meet her boyfriend who is believed to be a Chinese national from Fuzhou in Fujian province and with whom she has been in a relationship for about a year.

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Luo Bin, the missing woman’s cousin, said He began video-calling a man about a year ago, whom she described as a “good friend who could become a boyfriend”, the Post reported.

All the cousin knew about him was that he was 29, about 1.7 metres (5 feet 7 inches) tall and came from Fuzhou, the capital of southeast China’s Fujian province.

It is believed that besides the boyfriend, He usually stays with a female friend, who is said to be also a Chinese national, in Kuala Lumpur during her trips here.

Wang quoted her daughter as saying that the female friend treated her “like a sister”.

Wang added that He had shown interest in starting a business in Malaysia and mentioned that she had friends who could help her.

Neither Wang nor Luo has any contact information on He’s two friends.

Luo said that his cousin told him she did not want to return to China for the Lunar New Year holiday, which started on Feb 16, but did not give a reason.

He said he thought it was probably because when He’s family got together they tended to put pressure on her to get married and settle down.

“The atmosphere at home is not very good and her mother is on her own.

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“Her relatives are always telling her that, as a girl, she shouldn’t just be drifting around, but should find a local job and get married,” Luo was quoted as saying.

Despite the pressure put on her, He was an independent and ambitious person who wanted to provide a better life for her family, according to Luo.

Wang said she has a very good relationship with her daughter.

“She bought me some face masks before she left [for Malaysia] and told me to take care of myself,” she was quoted saying.

Wang, who works as a waitress, said she had applied for a visa to travel to Malaysia so she could report her daughter missing to the police, and was waiting for the paperwork to come through. The process usually took seven days, she added.

The faces of the people pictured in this story were pixelated at the request of Wang Lunyan, the mother of missing Chinese woman He Yuting, according to the Post.