GEORGE TOWN, Penang, Malaysia – Three Moroccan tourists who had just arrived at the Penang International Airport here were given a horrifying ride when their taxi driver robbed them and left them in a oil palm estate on the mainland yesterday.
In the 4pm incident, the tourists, who had just arrived from Kuala Lumpur, had got into a what was described as a yellow-coloured taxi with two men at the arrival hall to head to a hotel in Batu Ferringhi.
State criminal investigation department chief Senior Asssitant Commisioner Mazlan Kesah said the tourists, in their 20s, suspected something was amiss after the ‘taxi’ headed to the Penang Bridge.
“The tourists were then brought to a oil palm plantation at Sungai Buaya, South Seberang Prai and were robbed of their belongings,” he said.
Mazlan added the tourists, two of them women, had then started screaming and one of them got out of the car and ran to a house area nearby for help.
“The perpetrators had then taken away their passports, RM2,000 in cash, and their luggage and sped off, leaving them at the plantation, stranded,” he said.
Mazlan said a good Samaritan from a nearby residential area helped them out by taking them to the nearest police station.
“We are still ascertaining the identity of the two suspects…we will get an interpreter to get the tourists’ statement,” he said.
The case has been classified as voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery, under Section 394 of the Penal Code.