Kuala Lumpur — (UPDATE) As the mother, and a captivated nation, breathed a huge sigh of relief when the 20-month-old British boy who was kidnapped from his home on Friday evening was found unharmed Saturday afternoon, the realization that the Internet and social media may have played a role in the happy ending was not overlooked.
The family, friends and neighbors made repeated appeals to the public to look out for any unusual or suspicious activity and to report immediately to the police.
An enormous chain reaction on Twitter and the social media networks was created, thanks largely to the involvement of two Members of Parliament, Nurul Izzah and N Surendran, who is a next-door neighbor of the boy’s family.
Some are speculating that the intense publicity that quickly erupted caused the kidnappers to think twice about carrying through with their plans, whatever they may have been.
The abductors were ruthless enough to use weapons, and carried out the kidnapping in broad daylight in an upscale neighborhood, yet released the boy unharmed just 18 hours later.
Freddie was discovered by a lorry driver and a cabbie wandering around alone in the Lake Titiwangsa area around 1:20pm on Saturday. They gave him something to eat and drink, and were then joined by a woman and an editor from Bernama who was jogging in the park, according to reports.
When they realized it was the kidnapped boy, they contacted police.
Needless to say, the mother and son had a joyous reunion.