Date
24 March 2017
Siu Yau-wai, accompanied by his grandmother Chow Siu-shuen, went to the Immigration Department on Thursday to request that he be sent back to the mainland immediately. Photo: Metro Daily
Siu Yau-wai, accompanied by his grandmother Chow Siu-shuen, went to the Immigration Department on Thursday to request that he be sent back to the mainland immediately. Photo: Metro Daily

Undocumented boy returns to mainland voluntarily

Siu Yau-wai, the 12-year-old boy who has lived in Hong Kong for nine years without proper identity documents, has returned to the mainland.

Siu, accompanied by his grandmother Chow Siu-shuen, 67, went to the Immigration Department in Kowloon Bay on Thursday to request that he be sent back to the mainland immediately, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

It was a surprising move considering that just a fortnight ago the boy was seeking the right of abode in the city.

Sources said the mainland public security bureau had been in touch with Siu’s parents, and they were willing to take him back.

Legislator Chan Yuen-han of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, who has been assisting Siu, said she has no idea why the boy and his grandmother changed their minds, adding that she respects their decision.

Chan, who drew widespread criticism for helping a mainlander who violated Hong Kong immigration laws, stressed that she was only “part of the process” and all decisions had been done by the grandmother for the boy.

Asked if she felt she had been used by Siu and Chow or if her high-profile treatment of the case has ruined Siu’s chances of getting the right to live in Hong Kong, Chan reiterated that she had nothing to do with it.

When Siu and her grandson arrived at the Lo Wu border on Thursday night, reporters asked her the same question, and she replied that she did indeed regret seeking help from Chan.

Sources from the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions revealed that the pair decided that it would be better for the boy to leave Hong Kong as they have been the subject of harassment even after they moved into a new public housing flat.

Sources also said the Immigration Department had gathered evidence refuting some of the statements given by Chow.

Siu’s father did not have a limb removed due to an industrial accident, as Chow had suggested, and the grandmother was found to have been in contact with Siu’s mother, contrary to Chow’s contention that Siu’s parents had abandoned him a long time ago.

In fact, Siu’s parents are living with the boy’s elder brother on the mainland, the newspaper reported.

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