Boy spins kidnap story to get parents' attention
MISSING his parents, a boy in Ipoh made up a story about someone trying to kidnap him, reported Malaysia's China Press.
He did so to gain the attention of his parents, who are working overseas.
The 10-year-old told his elder sister on Thursday that a man had approached him in front of his school and said their mother was in critical condition at a hospital.
He claimed that the man then tried to cajole him into getting into a car, but he refused.
The boy also told his teacher a similar story. But when they went outside the school, the teacher did not see anyone suspicious there.
When the school authorities checked closed-circuit television footage, there was no sign of the man either.
When questioned further, the boy admitted to making up the story to get his parents' attention.
However, a neighbour had already posted about the attempted kidnap on Facebook and it was shared widely by netizens.
The boy would be sent for counselling, said his principal.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK