MALACCA - It was a terrifying ordeal for National Wanita MIC education bureau chief Datin Santha Basil when she came face-to-face with three armed robbers at her home in Taman Cheng Baru here.
Santha, 53, had rushed to the kitchen yesterday morning after hearing noises and was shocked to see two robbers holding her mother T. Saraswathy, 70, and her 34-year-old Indonesian maid Yati at knifepoint and threatening to injure them if an alarm was raised.
A traumatised Santha said the robbers gained entry into their bungalow from the back at about 11.30am.
The former state MIC wanita chief said six people, including her two children, were at home during the incident.
"After seeing the robbers, my instinct was to run and hide in a room while my son ran out to seek help.
"However, they threatened to harm my mother and the maid if he did not come back," she said, adding that they tied up her son before ransacking the house.
Santha managed to call the police and her husband Datuk K. Basil, who was attending a meeting at the Malacca Club in Taman Melaka Raya.
Although police arrived within minutes, two of the robbers managed to flee with RM20,000 (S$7500) in valuables, leaving behind their other accomplice who was busy ransacking the upper room.
He was later detained by the police.
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Shaikh Abdul Adzis Shaikh Abdullah said the suspect, in his mid-30s, was being probed to check his connection with the other two suspects, who are still at large.