Viral Video of ‘Kidnapping’ Triggered Alarm

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Footage of an ‘abduction’ so real that it caused a stir among Facebook users, who called for prompt police intervention.

Anyone would have believed the video that went viral on Facebook yesterday of a ‘kidnapping’ at Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, was for real.

It wasn’t. But it wasn’t fake either.

The footage, recorded on Tuesday at 10.21pm, showed a row of parked cars at what was believed to be outside Regalia Residence Hotel, along bustling Jalan Sultan Ismail in the heart of the city.

According to The New Straits Times, it showed a few men approaching a woman, said to be a staff of the hotel. Upon peering inside the car, the woman appeared to struggle and made a run for it. She was promptly caught by one of the men and bundled into the vehicle. The whole episode lasted around 75 seconds.

The video, which has been shared almost 30,000 times and garnered around 1.2 million views on Facebook, triggered a frenzy, with viewers urging the police to take swift action to investigate the ‘kidnapping’.

However, police have since clarified that the ‘abduction’ was not what it appeared to be. Apparently, the woman, a 23-year-old Indonesian, had worked as a maid in a Gombak residence. The men in the scene were her former employers, who accused her of theft. They took her straight to the Gombak police station.

The woman was unharmed and is now in police custody. The police have yet to release a statement on the case.