Wednesday January 23, 2013
Harrowing washroom stop
By LEONARD PHANG
KUCHING: It was a truly frightening moment for a teacher when her car was hijacked — with her eight-year-old daughter still inside.
Christinah Madan, 42, from Jalan Matang here told Gita police that she was sending her daughter to school yesterday when she stopped at a petrol station to use its washroom at around 6.15am.
She said the Toyota Wish was locked before she went into the washroom.
“I came out a few minutes later to find my car missing. I panicked and did not know what to do as my daughter was in it.
“I sought help from people at the petrol station to contact my husband as my mobile phone was in the car,” said Christinah. Her personal documents, a tablet computer, a broadband modem and ATM cards were also in the car.
She was then brought to the police station in Gita to lodge a report.
Much to her relief, her daughter was also there.
The latter said a man had forced open the car door while Christinah was still in the washroom and drove it out of the petrol station.
Out of fear, the girl did not do anything throughout the ordeal.
Fortunately, the man left her at a hyper- market in Jalan Matang before driving away.
It was a trader at the hypermarket who had sent the lucky girl to the police station.
Kuching deputy police chief Supt Pauzi Bujang confirmed the case, which is the second of its kind this month.
Last Saturday, auditor Chia Mei Ngee, 37, from BDC was in her pick-up with her four-year-old son in Jalan Abell when a man went into the vehicle and drove it away with the victims inside.
Chia put up a fight, even biting the man before he bit her back.
However, Chia refused to stop until her pick-up crashed into a motorcycle at a petrol station in Jalan Petanak.
It was then that the man fled on foot.