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Politician foils ransom ploy

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Feb 2009: Federal Territory Gerakan secretary Dr Wong Ruen Yuan today lodged a police report against an unknown caller who tried to extort RM500,000 as ransom after claiming he had kidnapped his  daughter.

According to Wong who made the police report at the Jalan Travers Police station, his mother-in-law who was in Malacca, had received a phone call from an unknown person at 12.30pm yesterday, asking her to pay RM500,000 as ransom.

“The caller had claimed that my 10-year-old daughter had been kidnapped from her school in Brickfields. My mother-in-law called to inform me about it and I quickly went to my daughter’s school and found her safe there,” Wong told reporters here today.

Wong said it was an attempt by someone to dupe him into paying the ransom and made the police report at 5.15pm yesterday.

“My safety and that of my family seems to be under threat. I cannot understand how they were able to source my background and information, including my mother-in-law’s phone number in Malacca,” he said. — Bernama


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