Parents will do whatever they can to personally see that their children are doing well, even it means travelling for hours to visit them in prison.
This was what a Malaysian father did for his son who’s currently in prison in Singapore for heroin trafficking.
Travels to SG at 2am twice a month
The father’s dedication was reported by 8world News on Saturday (Apr 22), where they managed to get a firsthand look into the man’s unwavering efforts to see his son.
Cheong Kah Pin, 67, said that he has been travelling to Singapore on his motorbike from at 2am to visit his son, Cheong Chun Yin, twice a month for the past 10 years.
After arriving at Singapore at around 3am, he will wait at a petrol station until the prison begins accepting visitors at 8am.
When asked why he was willing to go such a distance, Cheong said that it was due to his desire to see his son in the flesh.
I miss him and seeing him in person is all I want. I wait regardless of how long [I have to sit here because] I’m happy as long as I get to see [my son].
Arrested for heroin trafficking
Cheong’s oldest son, Chun Yin was arrested in 2008 at the age of 24 for trafficking heroin, where he was instructed by his boss to transport gold bars. Chun Yin insisted that he didn’t know he had drugs on him.
As a result, he was convicted for drug trafficking and given the death sentence.
However, in 2015, Chun Yin’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane under newly enacted laws, after he was found to have provided substantial assistance to authorities.
Despite the outcome, Cheong still believes that his son was naïve and is paying the price for trusting the mastermind behind the drug trafficking operation.
Hopes to reunite with son
Following his son’s arrest, Cheong sold three of his houses to raise money for legal fees in hopes of saving Chun Yin.
In 2011, Cheong and his family made headlines when he famously knelt outside the Istana to then Singaporean President S R Nathan to grant Chun Yin clemency, which was ultimately turned down at the Cabinet’s advice.
15 years has passed since Chun Yin was first arrested, and there may be a glimmer of hope for Cheong to reunite with his son as Singaporean law allows an offender sentenced to life imprisonment to have their case reviewed for remission by the Minister of Home Affairs after serving 20 years in jail.
Chun Yin was arrested in 2008 and would have completed 20 years in prison by the time 2028 rolls around.
Despite his son’s requests to stop visiting him, Cheong continues to make the journey to Singapore all alone.
Watch the full video of Cheong’s heartbreaking story here:
What a display of fatherly love! We hope Cheong will finally be able to reunite with his son for good so that he doesn’t have to make the grueling trip anymore!