KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― The police are exerting full efforts to find a 15-year-old Malay girl who was snatched by two men on a motorcycle right outside her home in the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn suburb this morning.
However, the police have not classified it as a kidnapping case just yet.
In response to the incident going viral on social media, Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Othman Nanyan said police are treating the case as an abduction but have not discounted other angles.
“The complainant filed a police report because he suspected his daughter has been abducted,” he said in a statement this afternoon.
“The case IO has been to the victim’s school to record statements from witnesses and the victim’s best friend to confirm if there were any male friends or if the victim has a boyfriend,” he said, using the abbreviation for Investigating Officer.
He added that victim’s school attendance record will be scrutinised.
The New Straits Times Online reported this morning that the secondary schoolgirl was grabbed by two men about 7am, just as she was about to board her chartered schoolbus, and sandwiched between the duo.
The incident was witnessed by the bus driver and several of the girl’s friends on board, who said it happened too quickly for them to stop the act.
“Her friends claim she was seen waving her hands frantically in the direction of the van, but the motorcyclists stopped her,” the news portal reported an uncle of the girl, Jalaluddin Md Zin, saying when contacted.
According to Othman’s statement, the police moved swiftly as soon as they were alerted to the incident, even before the father formally filed his report after finding out that his daughter never turned up at school.
Othman said an alert was issued to all officers in the field to look out for the girl and the suspected abductors as soon as the father called the police.
He added that investigations are still ongoing and asked that the police be allowed to conduct its investigations independently.