Did the recent kidnapping of Dutch boy Nayati Shamelin Moodliar in Malaysia lead to a spike in kidnap-for-money cases?
Some people are asking the question following the number of newspaper reports of such incidents.
The latest case involved a Singaporean who was visiting her eldest sister in Johor. Madam Rita Zahara, 37, found her car missing from the roadside after she had stopped to buy fruits while on her way back to Singapore (above).
Her two young children, her younger sister and a maid were in the car when two men armed with a gun and a knife hijacked the vehicle and sped off with its passengers, who were eventually released.
Malaysian police, however, said the case was not a kidnapping but a carjacking gone wrong.