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Wednesday, 2 April 2014 | MYT 6:05 PM

Robbers break into house of MH370 passenger’s father

BERA: The reality of the disappearance of his son, Mohd Khairul Amri, with the rest of the passengers and crew onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has yet to sink in, but Selamat Omar (pic) has to face another life challenge when two armed robbers broke into his house in Felda Bukit Mendi on Wednesday.

However, in the 4.30am incident, Selamat, 60, was in Kuala Lumpur waiting for the latest development on the search for the aircraft, which went missing since March 8.

Only his wife, Rosila Abu Samah, 50, and their daughter, Kaiyisah Adibah, eight, who had just returned from Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, were home.

According to Rosila, during the incident, she and her daughter were sleeping in one of the room in the house and were awakened when the light was suddenly switched on.

"That was when I saw two masked men standing by the bed, pointing a machete at me, asking me to be quiet and do what they say.

"They asked me to take off all my valuable accessories, including my bracelets and earrings, and to show them where I keep my cash. Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah), my daughter and I were unhurt," she said when met at her house here.

Rosila said based on the robbers' conversation, she believed that the duo, who was also armed with iron cutter, was Indonesian nationals.

She said the robbers had broken into the house through her bedroom window and ransacked the house for half an hour before finally left with her jewellery worth RM5,000, two mobile phones, cash of RM3,000 and her handbag containing her identification card and bank cards.

She said she was grateful that the robbers did not take her, her husband and daughter's passports.

"I begged them not to take our passports because my stepson is a victim in the MH370 tragedy and that we need our passports to go to Australia should there be any new development. Alhamdulillah, they put the passports back on its place," she said.

Rosila said soon after the robbers left, she rushed out to her neighbour's house for help before lodging a report about the robbery at Mengkuang police station.

Meanwhile, Pahang police chief Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani, when contacted, confirmed the incident and said that the case was being investigated and the robbers were being hunted. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: MH370 , Missing plane , MAS , Robbery


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