On Saturday (Dec. 14), a five-year-old Singaporean boy was left stranded at Machap, Johor after his parents drove off without him.
Left alone at gas station
According to Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, the boy was found in the toilet of a Petronas gas station where his parents had stopped for a short break.
He was wandering around the area, crying for his mother when a Petronas staff member found him.
World Of Buzz reported that the incident occurred around 7am in the morning.
The staff tried to search for the boy's parents, but to no avail.
As the lost boy continued crying, he was brought inside the gas station shop and comforted with ice cream and Milo.
Got help from social media
In the process of locating the boy's parents, one Chen Shi Fu took to Facebook for help.
Chen said that his friend had come across the boy while taking a break at the gas station.
However, it is unclear if the friend was the staff who had discovered the boy.
A photo of the boy was uploaded with the following caption:
"Please help to share around.
Derrick, 5 years old from Singapore got separated with his parents at Machap, Malaysia’s Petronas station.
Do contact Petronas staff if anyone know this boy’s parents/relatives.
The petrol station manager, Zammal, told Lianhe Wanbao that a police report was made.
However, they didn't send the boy to the police station as they thought that the family would come back to the gas station to find him.
Reunited with parents
According to 8world, the boy's parents only realised that their son was missing two hours after leaving the rest stop.
They then called the police.
At about 10pm that day, Simpang Renggam police reunited the boy with his parents at a police station located 20 kilometres away from the gas station.
Police confirmed that the boy is Singaporean and that the parents had accidentally left the boy behind.
It is unclear if the family continued their trip in Malaysia or if they returned to Singapore.
Top photos via Chen Shi Fu/FB & Google Maps.
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