26 Jan '11, 2am

Early 2002: Son lodges police report about missing father, suffering from dementia... May 2002: Father picked up...

SINGAPORE - For eight years he waited anxiously for news of the whereabouts of his dementia-stricken father. When the police called on Dec 1 last year, Michael (not his real name), 52, got the news that he had been bracing for: His father, 70, had died from a chest infection in hospital. But he was anguished to learn that he could have been reunited with his father only months after he had lodged a police report in 2002 - if not for lapses by Government agencies. Said Michael, who works in the construction industry: "I want to know what went wrong these eight years. They should have been able to establish his identity easily when they found him, so why did it take them so long to contact us?" In response to MediaCorp's queries, police spokesperson Lau Kian Keong said the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) had picked up Michael's father in May 2002 a...

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