Bangladeshi child plays hide and seek, turns up in Malaysia five days later

A young boy turned up in Malaysia after becoming trapped inside a shipping container for five days while playing hide and seek in Bangladesh.

On January 17, a 45 year old shipping operator opened a container at Port Klang, Malaysia’s largest port, to find a confused, weak Bangladeshi boy named Farim who had travelled over 1,000 miles from home.

A member of staff at the port filmed the moment authorities opened the door and rescued Farim, who walked straight out of the container frightened and utterly confused by the unfamiliar surroundings.

Having no food or water for five days, the weak child was put on a stretcher and sent to the hospital for a medical examination.

Farim explained that he was playing hide and seek with his friends in Chittagong when he found a really good hiding spot inside a shipping container.

His friends couldn’t find him and he stayed there for so long that he fell asleep.

Unaware, the container was lifted onto ship MV Integra and shipped across the Bay of Bengal and down the Andaman coast until finally reaching Malaysia at 9pm on January 17.

Malaysia’s Home Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said the incident was an accident and there was no evidence of human trafficking…

“The boy, known only as ‘Fahim’, was found in one of the containers brought by a ship from Bangladesh. When the ship arrived in Port Klang, the container was unloaded and it was found that there was a child inside.”

Farim has since returned to Bangladesh according to Malaysia’s repatriation procedures.

@al_zach90Ah sudah!!!!!♬ bunyi asal – AAL

In September last year, a cat that went missing near the Malaysian border in Hat Yai, southern Thailand, turned up over 1000 kilometres away in Bangkok.

‘Moota’ the cat must have jumped inside the back of someone’s truck and jumped back out again on the Phaya Thai Road in Bangkok.


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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.