June 11, 2019: Over the weekend, as millions of Malaysians made their journeys back from their hometowns during the Hari Raya holidays, one family forgot one of their elders at a Bukit Besi, Terengganu rest stop on Saturday.
Officials found the 73-year-old woman at the stop, asking other travelers for assistance in locating her family – her son, in his 40s, and his wife.
The trio were returning to Kuala Lumpur, having spent the holidays on the east coast, when the man pulled over at the rest stop at 8am Saturday morning so that his wife could use the loo. At this point, the man is alleged to have dozed off, and during this time, his mother exited the vehicle to use the facilities as well.
When the man awoke, he saw that his wife was in the car, but failed to take notice of the absence of another human in the backseat, namely in the shape of his 73-year-old mother, and proceeded to drive to Kuala Lumpur without her.
At this point, the panicked elderly woman encountered several individuals who offered to send her to the nearest bus stop, but she refused, and stayed on at the rest stop, hoping for her son to return shortly.
According to the woman’s son, it was only 200km later that the couple noticed that his mother was missing, when they stopped for lunch near Kuantan. Meanwhile, after speaking with officers at the police station, they were able to surmise that the woman also had a daughter who taught at a school in Bukit Payong, and were able to find her phone number via her employer.
“We informed the daughter about what transpired, and a grandson eventually showed up to pick up the senior citizen at about 12.30pm.
“The senior citizen was taken back to her daughter’s home in Bukit Payong; as her son and wife made a U-turn to fetch her,” said officers.
All’s well that ends well, and maybe her son should remember to count heads before leaving rest stops. Happy Monday!