Man forgets mum at R&R. Drives 200km before realising


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By John Isaac

Probably caught up in the balik kampung rush, a son inadvertently left his elderly mother behind at the Bukit Besi rest area in Dungun on Saturday.

Apparently, the man in his forties, his wife and 73-year-old mother were on their way back to Kuala Lumpur from Bukit Payong in Kuala Terengganu when the incident occurred.

His wife had wanted to use the toilet about 8am and the man stopped at the R&R. 

The man and his mother remained in the car and he dozed off. At that time, the mother got down to go to the toilet as well.

When his wife returned, the man awoke and immediately resumed his long drive home, not realising that his mother was still at the R&R.

Meanwhile, upon returning from the restroom, the senior citizen was shocked to find that her son’s car was missing.

The septuagenarian immediately sought help from members of the public, who offered to send her to the R&R’s express bus stop.

However, the senior citizen was reluctant to leave, and remained at the R&R.

After one and a half hours, two Road Transport Department staff members who were patrolling the R&R stumbled on the woman, and after listening to her plight, sent her to the Bukit Besi police station.

Meanwhile, her son and his wife only realised that the woman was missing when they stopped for a lunch break at the Gambang R&R, near Kuantan, which is 196km from the Bukit Besi R&R.

Dungun police chief Superintendent Baharudin Abdullah said that the senior citizen informed them that she has a daughter who is a teacher at a school in Bukit Payong.

Based on the information provided, police contacted the school and managed to trace the woman’s daughter.

“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 Baharudin.