Malaysian Teen Went 'Missing' For 10 Days In SG Because He Was Too Shy To Ask For Help
The 18-year-old couldn't find his way back to his friend's house.
An 18-year-old Malaysian who went 'missing' in Singapore for 10 days was found on 6 January
The boy, who was staying with his friend in Singapore, intended to look for a job while he was there
The boy recounted his ordeal after his friend left him with SGD50 (approximately RM152) on the morning of 26 December 2018.
"I walked to a café nearby for lunch, but I couldn't find my way back to my friend's apartment," he said.
He added that he had left his passport, phone, and RM1,500 in his friend's house before leaving for the café.
The teen then walked aimlessly around Singapore over the next 10 days in an attempt to find his friend's apartment
"I kept walking, and every apartment looked the same to me. I couldn't find my way back at all," the boy said, before adding that he walked 12 hours daily.
During the 10 days he went 'missing', the boy used toilets in cafés and shopping malls, and slept outside apartment blocks.
"I'm a shy person. I don't really know how Singaporeans are like, so I didn't dare to talk to them or borrow their phones. I also tried looking for police stations but to no avail," the 18-year-old added.
The boy used up his SGD50 by the eighth day he went 'missing'
"I ate chap fan (mixed rice) everyday, and I used up all my money by the eighth day. I spent the last two days begging from strangers," the boy said.
"I was starving and dehydrated, so I forced myself to beg from strangers. I only approached six to seven people in those two days," he added.
He has since returned to Malaysia, and gave up on looking for a job for now