"Those who did this are cruel. I hope those responsible will realize how angry the public is," Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told reporters yesterday at the Family Day for staff of the Prime Minister's Office at Seri Perdana, his official residence.
"They must repent and be brave enough to return Sharlinie."
Pak Lah also expressed his concern about similar cases involving young children. He advised parents to keep a close watch on their children.
"Parents must take care of their children. Don't let them go out alone in the evenings. There's no need to ask them to go alone to the shops to buy things.
"If they must go, get an older sibling to accompany them or the parents themselves should go with them.
"Parents should hold their children's hands. Don't let them wander off alone. If not, all sorts of things can happen."
So, parents, please hold your child's hand. Don't let them go out. Don't let them meet kidnappers, rapists and murderers. Teach them how to recognize those criminals. If you don't know how, asked the PM and the police; they are the experts.