MIRI – Like in the 1990 smash hit ‘Home Alone’ where a boy is left alone at home by accident during the Christmas holiday, a family from Brunei accidentally left a boy behind at a shopping complex here Wednesday.
Members of the public found a boy wandering alone at the complex at about 6pm and notified the police who took him to the Miri central police station.
Miri Police chief ACP Khoo Leng Huat said Thursday the parents did not realise that their son was missing until after driving off with their four other children.
“The 46-year-old father, who works as a civil servant in Brunei, noticed that his son was not in the car 10 minutes after leaving the shopping complex,” he said in a statement.
He said the man returned to look for his son and was informed by security guards that the boy had been taken to the police station.
Khoo said the civil servant picked up his son from the police station at about 7.30pm after producing the boy’s passport.
The incident had a happy ending, like in the movie, although the boy did not have to put up with strangers as the screen boy had to, thanks to kind-hearted members of the public and the Miri police.
A picture of the boy went viral on social media last night as news of the missing Brunei kid spread like wildfire.
End-December is the busiest period of the year in Miri as many civil servants from Brunei also shop or spend their holidays here.