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NO PITY PARTY: Boy confident he would be rescued
KUALA LUMPUR : NAYATI Shamelin Moodliar did not allow himself to cry when he was in the clutches of his kidnappers.
"There was only once I cried a little... it was on April 30, my mum's birthday."
As soon as he said this yesterday, his mother, Janice, hugged him.
Speaking about his ordeal for the first time, he said he was confident that his father was looking for him.
"I knew daddy would get me home," he said, adding that it was this thought that kept him going.
When asked if he was afraid, the boy said initially he was but later grew confident that he would be rescued.
Nayati was kept in a room with a mattress, pillow and blanket. He also had a computer which screened movies. But he was not allowed to touch it.
As for meals, Nayati always asked for chicken rice.
"Each time they asked me what I wanted to eat, I said chicken rice, or sometimes it was just an apple."
Why chicken rice?
"My muay thai teacher told me that chicken would help build my body," he said.
He said he was allowed to shower, was given clothes and a toothbrush.
Nayati was released on May 3 after his father dropped off a ransom of RM300,000. The boy was driven to the Rawang rest area along the North-South Expressway where he was released.
A passer-by let Nayati use his handphone to contact his parents. A convoy of three cars, led by the Netherlands ambassador Paul Bekkers, drove to the rest area where the boy was found.
Several days later, police arrested six individuals in Perak and here. A seventh suspect was nabbed in Banting, Selangor.
Police are looking for another suspect said to be the mastermind behind the kidnapping. The 24-year-old escaped to Paris after Nayati's release.
It was reported that the mastermind had gone off on his honeymoon with his wife after collecting the ransom. His wife, however, came back last week after learning that the husband was wanted for Nayati's kidnapping. She lodged a police report here.
Police recovered more than RM70,000 of the ransom.