Plucky teen gives his abductors the slip

KUALA LUMPUR - A 17-year-old boy managed to escape the clutches of his abductors by dashing out of their van as it stopped at a traffic light.

Loi Kah Bao said he was making his way along Jalan Kaskas at 6am yesterday to buy nasi lemak for breakfast when a white van suddenly stopped in front of him.

"Two men pulled me into the van. There were two other men inside," said Kah Bao at a press conference organised by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai yesterday.

He said he felt disoriented because it was still dark and he did not get a good look at the men who were not masked.

"But I saw two other girls who were bound and gagged in the back seat," he said, adding that after a while, the van came to stop at a traffic light near Taman Seraya in Cheras, about a 10-minute drive from where he was taken.

"I kicked one of the men and pulled the side door open. Then I ran as fast as I could. Two men came out to chase after me but I hid in an alley behind some houses."

After hiding for several hours and making sure that the coast was clear, Kah Bao said he walked 20 minutes to a petrol station where he called his mother.

Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh said the boy, accompanied by his father, lodged a police report at the Pudu police station at around 3.15pm.

"We have not received any reports of missing girls so far and urge anyone with female relatives who are missing to come forward immediately," he told reporters when met later.

He said they had also alerted police in neighbouring states to be on the alert for these suspects, adding that they had obtained CCTV footage from the place where the boy was abducted to get a clearer picture of the incident.

"The case is being investigated as abduction and wrongful confinement under Section 365 of the Penal Code," he said.

He also urged anyone with information on the case to call 03-2115 9999 or visit the nearest police station.