An eight-year-old child was stranded at a petrol station in an R&R area along the North-South Expressway after his father drove off without him.
The family, who were heading home to Simpang, Taiping some two hours’ drive from the Gurun R&R area in Kedah, had forgotten that the boy was in the toilet, Sinar Harian reported.
A family from Changlun, Kedah, saw the boy crying for his parents when they too stopped at the R&R station at 9.30am on Sunday, the daily reported.
Siti Masmerah Arifin, 38, and her husband said they saw the boy chasing after his father’s car and calling out to them.
“We tried chasing after the father’s vehicle, but to no avail,” she told the daily.
The couple then took the child to a wedding in Bagan Serai while they figured out how to contact the boy’s parents.
After the wedding, the boy told his rescuers that his father was “PU Yeop” and that they lived in Simpang. Little Iskandar Zulkarnain was reunited with his family at around 3.30pm the same day.
“With Iskandar’s help and directions, we drove over to his house where the boy and his family were reunited,” Siti Masmerah said.
Iskandar’s family stopped at the south-bound Gurun R&R area after leaving Perlis for Simpang and thereafter to Kuala Kangsar in Perak.
PU Yeop, whose real name is Mohd Zainudin Mohamed Zaini, said he only realised that his son was missing after the family arrived home in Simpang.
Mohd Zainuddin, a participant of the Astro reality show Pencetus Ummah, said he had been preoccupied with a religious talk that he was due to deliver in Kuala Kangsar.
Recalling the harrowing time and panic his family went through, Mohd Zainuddin said they called the police as well as the highway operator to seek their help in locating the boy.