Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Malaysia: Update on Kidnapping of Son of Expat Family in Capital

As a followup to my posting yesterday on the kidnapping of Nayati Moodliar, 12, who was abducted while walking to an international school early on Monday, it should be mentioned that the young boy is a dual citizen of both Britain and South Africa.

As a result, both governments are urging the Malaysian government to take all possible steps to recover the youngster. Additionally, both governments have also visited the Moodliar family offering assistance.

COMMENT: The family previously resided in Cape Town. In addition to Nayati, the couple also have a daughter, Saffiya, 6. 

Although the family is using social media to search for their son and to solicit leads as to his whereabouts, my experience has been that social media can create a double-edged sword in abduction cases. Yet, in the absence of any viable leads, social media should be used until such time as the couple knows who might have kidnapped Nayati.

The family has wisely retained an experienced hostage negotiator so that they are prepared for that part of the effort if they hear from the kidnappers.

Considering that the boy was kidnapped only yesterday, it is normal for kidnappers to wait several days or even weeks to tragically build anxiety on the part of the family so they become desperate enough to agree to any conditions of release.

At this point, the tormented couple can think of no motive as to why there son was kidnapped.

It is a terrible thought, but given Malaysia's proximity to both Thailand and Cambodia, it is remotely possible that the family might never hear from the kidnappers if their intent was to sell the boy to human traffickers. Hopefully, that is not the case.

As I mentioned yesterday, for the benefit of our readers who have school-age children in developing nations, it is essential that parents ensure that their sons and daughters are transported safely to and from school. If that cannot be ensured, then it is essential to have them taken to school either by a trusted driver or the parents themselves.