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Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby tankee » Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:48 pm

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean family is now safely back home after a harrowing experience early Sunday morning in Johor Bahru.

37-year-old Rita Zahara was driving back to Singapore with her sister, two children and her maid.

About three kilometres from the Immigration Checkpoint at Woodlands, she stopped at a petrol station to top up her tank.

Her sister, two children and maid remained in the locked car while Rita left to buy fruits.

That was when two men armed with guns and knives demanded they open the door.

After accessing the car, they sped off with the four members in the car.

Upon seeing that her car was missing, Rita called her sister's cell phone, which was answered by one of the kidnappers.

They demanded money from her and threatened to kill her family if she went to the police.

For the next four hours, Rita negotiated with kidnappers.

At the same time, she was also in contact with Malaysian and Singapore authorities.

The kidnappers finally released her family by the roadside.

Helped by villagers nearby, they were brought back to the police station.

The culprits stole her car and all the valuables inside worth some 200,000 Malaysian ringgit.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 20/1/.html

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby Nebbermind » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:10 pm

Gee, I was planning a trip to tebrau tomorrow :gloomy:

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby Imami » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:41 pm

Omg..... All the more don't dare to go over now.... No matter how cheap they say the books are at popular book shop.

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby LOLMum » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:48 pm

200k of valuables in the car.... :sweat: ..

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby tankee » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:08 pm

Probably hundreds of Singapore cars crossed over to JB each day, and such unfortunate events, luckily, only happened once in a while.

So the probability is quite low .... I hope

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby tankee » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:09 pm

LOLMum wrote:200k of valuables in the car.... :sweat: ..



Same thought ... Maybe some expensive handbags, plus devices like iPhone, iPad, etc.

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby Nebbermind » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:17 pm

LOLMum wrote:200k of valuables in the car.... :sweat: ..

Yeah! N it seems like a car full of ladies n kids.
Guess they have been tailed from wherever they set off.

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby fightingmom » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:19 pm

It has been more than 5 years since DH and I drove up to Malaysia for holidays. I always have the jitters ... Anyway we made sure we travel with friends - usually 3 to 4 cars together.

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby syairzahir » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:28 pm

I live in JB & I am sorry to hear such unfortunate thing to happen to our fellow Singaporeans. I have never liked to hang around near JB town.Luckily I live in the new town; Nusajaya. I have lived here a year plus & I usually will not go shopping without a male family member around. My advice to my fellow Singaporeans; Pls travel with a male companion & never travel alone. It has been in the news recently that they ve been targeting women who travel alone.

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Re: Singaporean family kidnapped in JB, had returned safely

Postby pinky » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:54 pm

1. no adult male in the car
2., should not have travelled in the early morning hours

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