Malaysian woman and her son finally back home after China ordeal

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The mother and son who had been barred from leaving China for two years have finally returned to Malaysia together.

According to Free Malaysia Today, Cheng, 42, and her eight-year-old son arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the morning of Oct 4, ending a two-year struggle to leave China.

Cheng and her son were barred from leaving China due to an ongoing legal tussle with her ex-husband, who is a Chinese national running a US-based marketing research and consulting firm.

The ban on them was reportedly imposed by a Chinese court which wanted to secure the father’s visitation rights after Cheng was given sole custody of the boy.

Cheng has alleged that her ex-husband had previously abducted their son, who holds Malaysian citizenship, in 2012 and again in 2013.

She filed for divorce in 2014 and was granted sole custody of the child, but could not find him. It took her two years to finally reunite with her son after she located him living under a fake identity with his father’s elder sister in Changchun.

As for her plans moving forward, Cheng reportedly plans to return to China, but would first like to spend her time in Malaysia with family and friends.

It feels so good to be home again. I have missed out on so many things,” The Star quoted Cheng as saying.

“I am feeling very grateful to so many people, friends and strangers who have signed the petition to help us and our leaders who have done so much for us. I feel so proud to be a Malaysian,” she added.