Penang boy, 11, taken to Taiping after hitching a ride

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GEORGE TOWN: An 11-year-old boy was taken to Taiping and spent the night at a hotel there after hitching a ride from a stranger on the Penang bridge on Friday.

He was then left at Taiping bus station, where someone took him to the police station.

The boy, Mohammad Muzzafar Mohammad, related his account to reporters this morning after police brought him back to Penang.. He said he could not contact his family as he could not remember his mother’s telephone number.

Mohammad Muzzafar, a tahfiz (Quran-memorising) pupil, said his stepfather’s motorcycle had developed a puncture on the Penang Bridge at 11.30am on Friday.

“Initially, the uncle (the man who gave him a ride) said he wanted to send me back but after that he took me to a hotel. I was afraid…he rode the motorcycle until Taiping. There was no one else at the hotel. The uncle did not say anything,” he said.

“The uncle dropped me off at the bus station and then someone found me and took me to the police station.”

A policeman brought Mohammad Muzaffar back from Taiping, arriving at Jelutong police station at 1am this morning. His statement was recorded before he was returned to his family.

His stepfather, Sabri Abdul Ghani, 53, who was present at the police station, thanked all those who had helped to find and rescue his son.