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keep the pub­lic away from the area as po­lice tried to coax the man.

Videos of the in­ci­dent have gone vi­ral.

Af­ter drag­ging the wo­man 1.5km for two hours, the man sur­ren­dered him­self and re­leased the wo­man near Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal 2 at 9.50pm.

Po­lice per­son­nel, who dis­guised them­selves as med­i­cal staff, ap­proached the man on the pre­text of want­ing to check on the wo­man’s con­di­tion and, at the same time, calm the man down.

The team then ar­rested the man and seized his knife.

Ramli said the man would be re­manded un­til May 17 to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Kid­nap­ping Act 1961 for ab­duc­tion, wrong­ful re­straint or wrong­ful con­fine­ment for ran­som and Sec­tion 307 of the Pe­nal Code for at­tempt­ing to mur­der.

He said the vic­tim was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The wo­man’s fam­ily mem­bers de­clined to speak to me­dia, but ex­tended their grat­i­tude to po­lice for han­dling the sit­u­a­tion suc­cess­fully.

Ne­ti­zens praised po­lice and con­grat­u­lated those in­volved for han­dling the in­ci­dent well.

“Awe­some job PDRM!! Mo­ments like this make us Malaysians proud,” said Face­book user Tay Seng Kee.


The man who held two women hostage in Kota Kin­a­balu on Wed­nes­day was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

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