A mother of six had the scare of a lifetime on Monday when she drove off from a petrol station along the East Coast Expressway without her daughter. Pic courtesy of Twitter

KUANTAN: A mother of six had the scare of a lifetime on Monday when she drove off from a petrol station along the East Coast Expressway without her daughter.

The woman, in the 2pm incident, had stopped to perform her prayers at the Shell petrol station's surau of the Temerloh Rest and Recreational (R&R) area and continued her journey.

She was about 15km away from the R&R when she realised her 12-year-old daughter was not in her multi-purpose vehicle.

Panicked, she immediately uploaded a post on her Twitter handle, @Sutungmenjerit, at 2.47pm asking for help.

"Anyone near Temerloh, please help Che Jah. My daughter was left behind at the Shell R&R Temerloh. Mama is now at 143.6km east bound.” she wrote.

She explained that when she left to pray, some of her six children were sleeping in the vehicle, some followed her while others waited outside the vehicle.

She said when her eldest child got into the vehicle, she assumed that all her children were already inside and continued on with the 'balik kampung' journey.

She said that upon reaching the town of Maran, she realised that her daughter was not in the vehicle.

After sending the tweet, she said a petrol station worker contacted her to inform that her daughter was safe at the petrol station.

At 3.34pm, she uploaded a picture of her daughter with a female petrol station worker, identified as Suria, on a motorcycle, adding that her daughter has finally been reunited with the rest of the family.

She thanked Twitter users for sharing the post and offering to pick up and send her daughter to her.

The incident, which had gone viral since Monday, garnered over 10,000 retweets with many providing support and words of comfort.