KUANTAN: The 10-year-old boy who was found chained to a gas cylinder last week has been granted a one-month temporary custody to live with his biological father in Melaka.
State Welfare Department assistant director (child welfare) Azmi Ibrahim said the Kuantan court for children ordered the Standard Four pupil to be placed under his 36-year-old father's care in Melaka Tengah.
He said during the one-month temporary custody, the department will conduct other relevant procedures including inspecting the family's background and other factors to determine if it would be suitable for the boy to remain with his father.
"After a month, the department will submit their findings to the magistrate to allow the biological father to obtain permanent custody. Starting today, the boy will be under his biological father and stepmother's care in Melaka."
Azmi said the boy, who was present during the proceedings in chambers today, appeared cheerful and was keen on following his biological father.
Azmi said the boy's father was also prepared to take care of the boy's two other siblings, a 13-year-old and 16-year-old, from his previous marriage.
Meanwhile district welfare officer Zalina Yusoff said the department has requested for a month before they can decide on permanent custody.
She said the department has explained the temporary custody process the biological mother and she has agreed to the court ruling.
"She has no problem with the decision and is prepared to assist the department during investigations," she said.
On Oct 5, the boy was found chained to a gas cylinder at his house in Indera Mahkota about 10am after he had refused to attend school.
Alerted by neighbours, a police team was forced to break down the door to rescue the boy, who was lying naked and unconscious on the floor.