Sunday, August 21, 2011

Facebook Found Missing Student

The frantic search for missing Stanford University student Jacob Boehm through social networking website Facebook has a happy ending.

The 22-year-old has been found safe and sound at the Kuala Tembeling Resort near Taman Negara.

Pahang CID chief SAC T. Narena-segaran said Boehm went missing after entering the country from Thailand.

“After ordering police to check every resort, we found him at the Kuala Tembeling Resort near Jerantut,” Narenasegaran said yesterday.

Boehm's parents had set up a Facebook page “Jacob Boehm missing in Malay-sia” after they failed to locate him, sparking headlines in newspapers in the United States.

An update on the page finally traced him to Taman Negara, where park rangers located the entry record of Boehm, who was expected to come out of the park by Tuesday.

His mother Nancy Luberoff said the information that the family re-ceived on Boehm's whereabouts had come about directly as a result of the “extraordinary Facebook community”.

“We now know that someone linked through this Facebook group had used his Malaysian connections to mobilise efforts to search for Jacob in the Taman Negara National Park. We are deeply grateful,” she said on the page.

Boehm, who was travelling alone on American and German passports, was in Thailand until Aug 9 or Aug 10 before he started travelling around Malaysia.

According to a public Google map on which Boehm recorded his travel itinerary, the places he visited in Malaysia were Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan and Jerantut.

Parents of the bespectacled young man lost contact with him since Aug 14 and he had not accessed his bank account for over a week.

They also filed a missing person's report with the US and German embassies in Malaysia.

US Embassy press attache Harvey Sernovitz confirmed that Boehm's family had contacted the embassy here on Thursday.

“The embassy has been in contact with the family and the relevant authorities,” he said - The Star

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Facebook Kills A Man

Malaysian police on Tuesday said they have detained two people on suspicion of bludgeoning a man to death after he reportedly posted negative remarks about a girl he had "friended" on Facebook. "The two men are in a police lock-up. They are being investigated for murder," a senior police official in the northern Kedah state familiar with the case said condition of anonymity.

Twenty-year-old Mohamad Amran Romli died in hospital Friday shortly after sustaining severe head injuries in an attack by two men believed to be brothers of the girl, the Malay language daily Berita Harian said.

The two men beat Amran with motorcycle crash helmets during the attack in an alley behind a supermarket in Kulim town in Kedah state, it said.

Local police chief Ghuzlan Saleh was quoted as saying that Amran had befriended the girl through Facebook, which is extremely popular in the mostly Muslim country along with other social networking and microblogging sites.

However, their online relationship eventually "turned sour" and the victim allegedly posted disparaging comments about the girl and her family.

"She then complained to her brothers who sought to resolve the dispute with Amran. They met behind a supermarket but an altercation broke out and the victim was hit on the head with crash helmets," the police chief was quoted as saying.

"It will take about two weeks before they are charged in court after a report is submitted to public prosecutors," the senior police official said.

A study by global research firm TNS last year showed Malaysians to be the most popular people on the Internet, with an average of 233 friends in their social networks compared with 68 in China and just 29 in Japan.