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Family, friends worried after he missed flight

Mr Sanjay had left some belongings in the Phnom Penh house of his Cambodian friend, Mr Kelvin Hieng, who studies in Singapore.

So when he did not return and missed his flight last Wednesday, his friends got worried.

Mr Hieng informed the Singapore Embassy in Cambodia and his other friends, who notified his brother, Mr Premnathan, 29, on Thursday morning.

"My family was very worried when we found out, but we were also unsure if he was really missing or still climbing after starting last Tuesday because of the rain," said Mr Premnathan, a director at an F&B vending machine company.

But Cambodian police confirmed that Mr Sanjay had started off the day before, June 30.

Mr Premnathan said: "My parents were very worried, especially since Sanjay is the youngest son."

Mr Premnathan flew to Phnom Penh on Saturday to search for his brother.

"The people at the embassy were really helpful, and even got 10 local villagers to search the mountain near the trail on Sunday morning," he said.

But by that afternoon, Mr Sanjay had reached flat ground some distance away from the trail, and met his older brother later that day.

On whether he would allow his brother to climb mountains again, Mr Premnathan said: "I scolded him when we came back, and let him know that although he is confident, he has to behave responsibly, prepare better and inform us of the details beforehand.

"But this is his passion, and I would not stop him."


I scolded him when we came back, and let him know that although he is confident, he has to behave responsibly, prepare better and inform us of the details beforehand.

- Mr Sanjay's brother, 
Mr Premnathan