S'pore couple forced by JB robbers to withdraw money from ATMs

S'pore couple forced by JB robbers to withdraw money from ATMs
Mr Lim, 35, said the men demanded he pay up.

What was supposed to be a short trip to Johor Baru for a singaporean couple turned into four hours of hell.

The couple were allegedly robbed after an attempt to flee led to a horrifying car chase.

Then followed four nerve-racking hours driving around the city from one ATM to another to draw money to pay the men.

The two men, armed with a knife, took off with RM6,000 (S$2,400) and their mobile phones - an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is how the events last Saturday unfolded.

1. You owe me money

It started at a petrol station opposite Plaza Pelangi, a shopping mall in Johor Baru frequented by singaporeans.

Mr and Mrs Lim (they refused to give their full names or be identified in photographs as they feared for their safety) had just come from a hair salon near the mall. They were refuelling their car, a white Volkswagen Scirocco, for the trip home at about 11.15pm.

They were suddenly approached by two men in their 30s, one of whom had a knife. The men said Mr Lim owed them RM65,000 and recognised him through his vehicle's licence plate number.

Said Mr Lim, 35, who runs a car dealership: "I have never borrowed money from anyone in Malaysia."

The couple have travelled to Johor Baru more than 40 times in the past two years and have never encountered anyone making such a claim.

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