Kidnapped boy returned to SA parents

2012-05-03 07:08

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police said on Thursday they had recovered a 12-year-old Dutch/South African boy who was seized six days ago near his house in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur city police chief Mohmad Salleh said Nayati Shamelin Moodliar was returned unharmed and reunited with his parents.

Mohmad did not give details about how the boy was recovered, adding there was an ongoing effort to track down the kidnappers.


A police source said the boy was released early on Thursday in Rawang town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur after an undetermined amount of ransom money was paid to the kidnappers.

The Moodliar family confirmed the child's safe recovery but would not give details about the circumstances behind the release.

"We are delighted to tell you that Nayati is back home with us and, although it has obviously been a very traumatic time for him, he appears at this stage to be in good shape," the Moodliar family said on a Facebook account set up to help recover the victim.

"We cannot begin to say how proud we are of him and the way that he has coped with the events of the past week," they said.

"As we are sure you will understand, Nayati's kidnapping is the subject of an ongoing investigation so we are unfortunately not at liberty to reveal any of the details of the case at this stage," they added.

Moodliar was seized on Friday while walking to Mont' Kiara International School, near his home in Kuala Lumpur, by two men who dragged him to a waiting black car, police said.

Nayati's kidnapping generated a public outcry in Malaysia and abroad, with more than 20 000 people expressing their support for the victim's family on the Facebook account set up to gather information to help find the boy.

A Malaysian businessman and a Malaysia-based news portal had offered a reward totalling 60 000 ringgit (R153 000, $20 000) for information that could lead to the quick and safe recovery of Nayati.

His parents have dual South African and Dutch citizenship, and his grandparents live in Cape Town.

  • Jack - 2012-05-03 07:15

    Returned safe

      Msika - 2012-05-03 07:40


  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-03 07:19

    I'm very please the lad was returned to his loved ones safely, lucky for some

  • Jean - 2012-05-03 07:27

    glad he was returned to his parents. Question... if the report states his parents have dual Dutch/South African passports, does that mean he is Dutch/South African? Was he born in South Africa?

      PumaFred - 2012-05-03 07:44

      Pointless question

      melania.nel - 2012-05-03 07:53

      Try reading the entire article. They explain it.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-03 07:32

    Good, good news!

  • lindiwe.mthiyane1 - 2012-05-03 07:41


  • Christo - 2012-05-03 07:45

    Good way to start the day.

  • Marion - 2012-05-03 07:52

    Great news so early in the morning. Stay safe.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 07:55

    I hope they didnt hurt him.

      Msika - 2012-05-03 08:24

      Quoating from the article: "Kuala Lumpur city police chief Mohmad Salleh said Nayati Shamelin Moodliar was returned unharmed and reunited with his parents."

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-05-03 07:59

    Thanks god he's back and well

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-03 12:43

      Don't forget to also thank those people involved in his safe return..

  • Andile - 2012-05-03 08:03

    Dual citizenship!! Pretty clever I'd say. Its like saying let me have an alternative when things go bad in SA (when every last resource has been taken to China and Holland), than I can just remove the South African part and remain with the Dutch part only. It really is an unfair advantage for the people who do this. I feel sorry for us who have no alternative, we are stuck here whether the Gold reserves run dry or not. So glad that the boy was safely returned.

      Nadine - 2012-05-03 08:17

      What does this childs dual citizenship have to do with the fact that he has been through a very taumatic experience. He is just 12 years old. He cannot help the fact that he has a Dutch mother and a South African father. Glad that the boy is well - it should make us all happy that there has been a positive outcome on this incident.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-03 08:56

      Andile, stop it man! I'm embarassed on your behalf.

      Andile - 2012-05-03 10:10

      @ttshatbalala, I understand where your embarassment comes from. Probably, you too would love to do the same but the circumstances dictate otherwise. There is nothing to be embarassed about.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-03 12:44

      Andile, you do know you too can have dual citizenship if you reside long enough in another country..

  • Loo - 2012-05-03 08:11

    GREAT STUFF .. My worst fear is my baby girl being kidnapped ... I will DIE for sure :(

  • Deana - 2012-05-03 08:39

    Every parent's worst nightmare! Thank God he is safe- so many children never get found.

  • Maria - 2012-05-03 08:44

    Good news,thanks God. I'm happy he returned saved. I hope that police catch the kidnappers soon.

  • Jason - 2012-05-03 08:58

    In Malaysia??? Which is supposed to be more stable than South Africa? I would like to see that clown Jim O'Niels's face now. I bet if this incident happened in South Africa it would have world media attention bashing our country. But I'm glad the child is safe.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-03 09:11

      True that Jason. It also doesn't help that even us as SA's aren't united in protecting the image of our country. My friend's cell phone was taken from her on a tube in London last week. That had never happened to her here at home yet a 2week holiday in the UK was enough for her to have that kind of an experience. I do think we have issues as a country, but which country doesn't? The only difference is the unity of the people in other countries that does not exist here. I cry for SA sometimes.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-03 12:47

      When I was in the UK in 2010 the police were walking around telling tourists to keep their stuff safe and close to their bodies as there is a huge problem with muggings and robberies... I also saw 2 murders and one armed robbery where the peep was shot dead by police... all in 10 days!

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-03 09:20

    what a miracle!

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