SABAH: NO END TO SECURITY PROBLEMS! Still living in fear of being kidnapped!

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11 September 2016

Three fishermen kidnapped in waters near tourist island

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Three fishermen have been abducted by gunmen in Sabah waters off the tourist resort of Pulau Pom Pom near the town of Semporna.

The suspected seven-member Filipino armed group is believed to have taken the victims across the border towards the southern Philippines island chain of Tawi Tawi province.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid confirmed that they received a report from the owners of the fishing trawler at 1.59am Sunday (Sept 11).

“I can only confirm. Sabah police commissioner (Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun) will release the details later,” he said when contacted.

The owner of the fishing boat confirmed that the gunmen kidnapped the skipper and two crew members at about 10.20pm on Saturday.

It is believed that the three fishermen were among a crew of 11 on the trawler when seven kidnappers confronted them at gunpoint.

The kidnappers only took three crewmen and fled in a green-coloured fast boat towards southern Philippines.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/three-fishermen-kidnapped-in-sabah-waters-near-tourist-island

21 July 2016

Police confirm: Five Malaysian sailors kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Read More :

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Semporna fishermen worry for their safety following kidnappings

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With two consecutive kidnapping cases in the waters off Lahad Datu happening within one month, fishermen in the area are feeling anxious for their safety.

Hassanudin Jahunding, 26, said he could only hope that the authority would increase border security control now that the threats were real.

Although worried, he said he had no choice and still needs to go out to sea, as he had been doing for five years, because it is the only source of income for him and the family.

“I hope the security forces would be more alert, particularly along the areas adjacent to neighbouring countries,” he told Bernama when met.

A local daily today reported that the five crew who went missing last Monday from their tugboat which was found abandoned in the waters off Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu, had indeed been kidnapped.

The five have been identified as skipper Abd Rahim Summas, 62, from Kampung Tanjung Batu, Tawau; Tayudin Anjut, 45, from Kampung Tanjung Batu Darat, Tawau; Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32, from Felda Jengka 7, Bandar Jengka, Pahang; Fandy Bakran, 26, from Kampung Pukat, Tawau; and Mohamad Jumadil Rahim, 23, from Batu 2 Jalan Apas, Tawau.

Not long before that, on July 10, three Indonesian crew of a tugboat were also reported to have been kidnapped in the waters off Lahad Datu.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/349397

Sabah kidnap: Talks under way for release of five sailors

 

SANDAKAN: Negotiations are under way with the abductors of the five Malaysian tugboat crew who went missing after their boat was found abandoned in the waters off Dent Haven, Tambisan near Lahad Datu on Monday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pix) said Malaysian authorities know who were involved in the kidnapping and negotiations were ongoing for the release of the five Malaysians.

“Right now I ask family members of those kidnapped not to divulge any information about the communication between the authorities and the kidnappers.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/21/sabah-kidnap-talks-under-way-for-release-of-five-sailors/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

DPM believes same kidnap-for-ransom groups behind latest Sabah kidnappings

NEW DELHI, July 19 — Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi believes kidnap-for-ransom groups based in southern Philippines are behind the latest abductions in Sabah waters.

“So far no ransom demand has been received from any quarters, but I believe the latest abductions were masterminded by the same groups involved in the series of kidnappings of Malaysians and foreign tourists since a few years ago,” he said here today.

Ahmad Zahid, who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for a three-day working visit to India, was speaking to the Malaysian media after back-to-back courtesy calls from Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Ram Madhav and Telengana State Minister of Industries K.T. Rama Rao.

It was reported that an empty tugboat with its engine still running was found abandoned yesterday in the waters of Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dpm-believes-same-kidnap-for-ransom-groups-behind-latest-sabah-kidnappings?utm_content=buffer82938&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.pQVX5Fn0.IKKZ8x7K.dpuf

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2 April 2016

MP wants kidnappers in Sabah to be shot or maimed

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PKR’s Penampang MP Darell Leiking has called for perpetrators of kidnappings in Sabah to be shot or maimed.

“I urge the authorities to show the seriousness in dealing with this crime by immediately reviewing the loopholes and security strategy and to issue an order to shoot to kill or to maim these kidnappers so that fear will come to the hearts and souls of these evil criminals who cross our border and sovereignty,” he said in a statement today.

Darell’s statement was in response to the kidnapping of four Malaysians off the coast of Semporna last night.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/336275


By AVILA GERALDINE – 2 April 2016 @ 10:04 AM

KOTA KINABALU: Four Malaysians onboard a tugboat have been kidnapped by gunmen at Ligitan waters, last night.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said around eight gunmen stormed the tugboat at 6.15pm.

“There were four Sarawakians, two Indonesians and three Myanmar citizens onboard the vessel.

“However, the kidnappers only took the Malaysian crewmen and released the others,” he said at State police headquarters in Kepayan.

The victims have been identified as Wong Teck Kang, 31, Wong Hung Sing, 34, Wong Teck Chii, 29, and Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21.

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/136723/breaking-four-msian-crewmen-kidnapped-after-gunmen-raid-vessel-sabah

5 March 2016

Authorities concerned over intel that a ‘sultanate’ has placed its warlords in each Sabah state constituency: DPM

Security Threat To Sabah Now Spreads To Its West Coast –

Malay Mail Online

DPM: Sabah west coast under security threat, sultanate commanders in every state seat

KOTA KINABALU, March 5 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the security threat to Sabah has now spread to the west coast area and no longer confined to the eastern coast of the state.

“Previously, the threat was only in the east coast of Sabah, but security patrols in the east coast have now been tightened. The security challenge in Sabah now is not only confined to the east coast but has widened to the west coast too.

“Intelligence information reveals that there are commanders from a sultanate appointed in every State Legislative Assembly constituency in Sabah. This is a serious security matter. This is a matter of real threat to the country,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said this in his speech at the opening of the Security and Public Order Seminar (Sekam) 2016 at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here today.  Also present were Sabah Chief Minister who is also the Joint Chairman of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

Based on the current threat, Ahmad Zahid said security operations on land, at sea and in the air were no longer confined to the coastal areas of east Sabah but also extended to the coastal areas in the western part of the state.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dpm-sabah-west-coast-under-security-threat-sultanate-commanders-entrenched?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.M8wvjOuR.dpuf

 

20 February 2016

UK raises terror alert for , warning against kidnappings

KUALA LUMPUR — The UK’s Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Sabah’s coastal towns and islands, reported the Daily Mail.

The terror alert for these places in Malaysia has been also raised from “general” to “high”.

On its website, the Foreign Office said there was “a high threat from terrorism” there and attacks on places visited by foreigners “could be indiscriminate”.

Some of the places mentioned were Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking.

“There is a threat to foreigners of kidnapping and criminality on the eastern coast of Sabah and in particular the islands close to the Sulu Archipelago in the southern Philippines,” said the Foreign Office.

More than 400,000 Britons visit Malaysia every year, reported the Daily Mail.

Kidnappings off the coast of Sabah are not uncommon. Two Malaysians were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants in Sandakan last May.

http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/uk-raises-terror-alert-sabah-warning-against-kidnappings

Sabah‘s east coast security under control: Esscom Read More :

By AVILA GERALDINE AND KRISTY INUS – 20 February 2016 @ 12:40 PM

KOTA KINABALU: Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has given its assurance that security in Sabah’s east coast remains tight and under control.

Despite travel advice issued by the UK government, Commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said Esscom had not received any untoward incidents thus far, adding security forces had remained intact at strategic locations.

“As far as Esscom is concerned, security at the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) is under control.

“There are no imminent threats that can jeopardise the state’s security and safety of the people,” he said when contacted.

Bari said tourists were still visiting popular tourist spots, adding that they put their trust the security forces and were aware of the situation.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) yesterday issued a travel advise against all but essential travel to all islands off the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking.

The advisory (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malaysia) also states “there is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

The FCO has also raised the terror alert for Sabah’s east coast from general to high.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/02/128537/sabahs-east-coast-security-under-control-esscom

May 2015

Sandakan kidnapping: Gunmen have demand huge amount of ransom

17 May

KOTA KINABALU: Gunmen have demanded ransom to secure the release of kidnap victims, confirmed Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman‎.
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He said police had met with the families of Thien Nyuk Fun and Bernard Then Ted Fen who verified it. “It involves huge amount. So far the victims are not harmed and they are safe,” he said in a statement, adding the gunmen were hiding on an island in the southern Philippines. ‎
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Jalaluddin said family members had yet to lodge a police although they had been advised to do so.
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Sandakan kidnap: Animation replay of incident

Star

Sunday May 17, 2015 MYT 6:43:37 AM

Hostages taken to Jolo in southern Philippines

KOTA KINABALU: Two Malaysian hostages taken from Ocean King Seafood Restaurant in Sandakan are reportedly being held at a village on Jolo island in the southern Philippines.

Restaurant manager Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, and Sarawakian tourist Bernard Then Ted Fen, 39, were disoriented and frightened but unharmed after they were taken to Indanan village early Friday.

According to Filipino security forces and social workers, the two hostages were being guarded by a dozen gunmen.

Reports are emerging that the four gunmen who grabbed them on Thursday were negotiating to hand them over to the Abu Sayyaf militant group.

It is understood that the kidnappers led by two Muktadil brothers – Mindas Muktadil and Kadafi Muktadil – were negotia­ting a handover of the two hostages to either Abu Sayyaf commander Indang Susukan @ Jihad or sub-commander Alhabsy Misaya.

However, neither Philippine nor Malaysian authorities have confirmed sightings of the gunmen or the hostages.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/17/Hostages-taken-to-Jolo-Duo-scared-but-unharmed-in-southern-Philippines/

Massive hunt for Filipino gunmen who snatched two Malaysians in latest kidnapping

SANDAKAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A massive hunt is underway on both sides of the Malaysia-Philippines sea border for Filipino gunmen who brazenly abducted two Malaysians from a popular seafood restaurant here.

As Sabahans reeled in shock over the latest daring raid on a restaurant on the mainland, 3km from here, Malaysian security forces and their Filipino counterparts combed the islands along their borders for the gunmen who snatched Ocean King Seafood Restaurant manager Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, and Sarawakian engineer Bernard Then Ted Fen, 39, during a raid on the restaurant on Thursday evening.

The kidnappers are believed to be linked to the extremist Abu Sayyaf group based in Jolo.

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/massive-hunt-filipino-gunmen-who-took-two-malaysians-latest-sabah-ki#sthash.ZOPcOUHx.NAB6TogO.dpuf

Sandakan kidnapping: Abductee’s brother recounts frightful incident

SANDAKAN – Thien Yoke Sang, the chef at Pasir Putih Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Sandakan, said he cautiously refrained from doing anything when he saw the militants taking away his sister Yoke Fun and customer Bernard Chen Ted Fen, for fear his reckless move would incite the armed abductors into a shooting spree.

When approached by Sin Chew Daily, Thien said it was utter chaos when the militants stormed the restaurant and kidnapped his sister, adding that he heard people shouting “Run! Run!”

“When I looked out from the kitchen, I saw a well-built man armed with an M16 with rows of bullets hanging from his body. I was too terrified to come out to save my sister and the customer.”

Thien said his sister would have dinner with her two sons and uncle Chung Yan Tsim around seven every evening. However, since the restaurant was a bit busy last night, the uncle had to help out at the kitchen, while her two sons were back to the cashier counter after dinner, leaving Yoke Fun sitting alone at the first table nearest to the floating fish farm from where the armed abductors had approached.

He hoped his sister and the abducted customer would eventually return unharmed.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/abductees-brother-recounts-frightful-incident#sthash.kSk9wYGU.kG4q6xIb.dpuf

中國報訊:警方初步調查顯示,昨晚發生的“4槍手擄2男女”案,相信有內鬼涉及,警方正過濾餐廳所有員工的背景,包括扣查員工共15台手機。
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報導:李少榮  (亞庇15日訊)警方初步調查顯示,昨晚發生的“4槍手擄2男女”案,相信有內鬼涉及,警方正過濾餐廳所有員工的背景,包括扣查員工共15台手機。  警方事后已將該餐廳2名員工帶返警局調查,並…
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Star

Thursday May 14, 2015 MYT 11:50:53 PM

Abu Sayyaf gunmen abduct two in Sandakan

KOTA KINABALU: Gunmen linked to the Abu Sayyaf stormed into a popular seaside restaurant near Sandakan and abducted the manager and a customer during dinner on Thursday.

The four men, one armed with an automatic rifle with bullets strapped on his chest and another with a pistol, burst into the Ocean King Seafood Restaurant at about 7.40pm prompting the patrons to flee.

The restaurant owner, Chung Yan Tsim, said his 48-year-old sister-in-law, who manages the restaurant, and the customer, believed to be from Sarawak, were bundled off by the gunmen in the raid lasting less than a minute.

thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/14/abu-sayyaf-gunmen-abducts-two-at-sandakan-restaurant/ …

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Star

Friday May 15, 2015 MYT 8:12:51 AM

Gunmen kidnap restaurant manager and customer in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: About 100 customers were sent scurrying when four gunmen – one brandishing an automatic rifle with ammunition strapped to his chest and another armed with a pistol – burst into the popular Ocean King Seafood Restaurant by Sandakan seafront and took two people hostage.

The gunmen grabbed female restaurant manager Thien Yoke Fun, 50, and Bernard Chen Ted Fen, 36, a tourist from Sarawak, before speeding off in a boat after the 7.30pm raid. Chen was sitting at the table closest to the sea while Thien was taken from the counter. The raid lasted less than a minute.

Restaurant owner, Chung Yan Tsim, said Thien was his sister-in-law.

“The kidnappers fled in a boat. They wore no mask and there was no shooting,” he said, adding that the customer was sitting with his family but could not escape in time.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/15/Gunmen-kidnap-restaurant-manager-and-customer-in-Sabah/

A Malaysian Navy combat boat, CB 204, is missing!
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As of 8 am today, the RMN combat vessel which went missing around Pulau Mengalum, Sabah, is yet to be found – RMN Chief

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Omg, no! Why is this happening? Haih. I hope they’re all fine and can be found.

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Navy combat vessel missing in Sabah waters

KUALA LUMPUR: A Navy combat boat, CB 204, has reportedly lost contact while on “routine tasking” off Sabah on Sunday.

CB 204’s last known position is said to be 20 nautical miles east of Mengalum Island off Sabah.

Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said he does not expect foul play in the disappearance of the vessel.

He said the cause was most likely due to bad weather which could have cause engine or power failure on board the vessel.

Aziz said vessels from the Air Force and Malaysian Maritime Agency are involved in the search and rescue operations.

CB 204, commanded by Lt Azri Bakar with seven staff, and another naval ship, KD Paus, had departed Kota Kinabalu Naval Base at about 5am Sunday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/05/navy-ship-missing-spratlys-island/

FINALLY, GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SECURITY! Kampung Air Lahad Datu is raided prior to demolishing of 400 illegal houses.

Star

Saturday August 23, 2014 MYT 3:00:47 PM

Squatter settlement in Sabah raided, 925 detained

The notorious squatter settlement in the waters of Semporna that borders Lahad Datu and Kunak districts in the east coast.

The notorious squatter settlement in the waters of Semporna that borders Lahad Datu and Kunak districts in the east coast.

LAHAD DATU: A notorious squatter settlement was raided in a pre-dawn operation where 925 people were detained amid a decision by the local council to demolish the illegal houses in the area.

The eight-hour operation that began at 2.30am Saturday, under Ops Gasak comes two days after police launched a massive air and sea hunt for three suspected intruders in the waters of Semporna that borders Lahad Datu and Kunak districts in the east coast.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the 925 people failed to produce identification or travel documents.

“We have also identified a total of 400 squatter houses which will be demolished afterwards,” he said Saturday.

Rashid said this was the largest raid after the restructuring of Esscom on July 15.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/08/23/Esscom-Squatters-demolished/

NST

LAHAD DATU: About 400 squater houses will be demolished in Kampung Air Lahad Datu to curb presence of illegal immigrants who are potential whistleblowers to cross border criminals.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said Esscom had identified the houses which will be taken down soon in the Ops Gasak 26.

“Today, we have detained 925 illegal immigrants including children in the water village here,” he said in a statement.

They are 243 men, 331 women and 351 children.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/26025

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SABAH CHIEF POLICE OFFICER: DON’T LISTEN TO RUMOURS THAT SABAH WILL BE ATTACKED AGAIN!

NST

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman has asked the community in Sabah not to listen to rumours circulated on social media that aimed to create panic amongst citizens.

He was commenting on the various text messages forwarded via Whatsapp, including that Sabah is facing incoming attack from Sulu

http://www.nst.com.my/node/14100

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Maslaysiakini

12:28PM Jul 13, 2014

‘Semporna shootout like shoe thrown at Najib’

The fatal shootout off Semporna last night showed how little regard militants have for Malaysian premier Najib Abdul Razak, said Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng.

“On the same day the PM arrived in Sabah, the terrorists have lodged an attack. What is the message?

“They showed complete disregard, contempt and disrespect for him.

“This is just like throwing a shoe at Najib,” he said at a press conference after attending Teoh Beng Hock’s memorial service at Semenyih, Selangor today.

Lim said if the government cannot guarantee safety and the police can’t even protect themselves, how can civilians be protected?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/268587

THE LATEST INCIDENT: POLICE TEAM ATTACKED, ONE DEAD AND ONE MISSING! This happened while the Prime Minister was in Kota Kinabalu, assuring everyone of improved security plans including the despatching of a ‘mother ship’ to Sabah.

Four kidnappings in the east coast of Sabah, between November and last month, as well as an armed intrusion by more than 100 Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu in February last year has heightened concerns over safety and security in the state.

SEMPORNA: Mabul Water Bungalows Resort is closed for public to allow police to investigate the shooting that killed a marine police.

According to the resort’s facebook account, the premises will be closed until tomorrow.

A dive master with the resort, known only as King, told the New Straits Times that there were heavy police presence at the resort.

“I was told they are closing the area to carry out a probe on the shooting,” he said when conta

NST, MABUL ATTACK: Resort closed to public, heavy police presence seen

NST photo of Mabul Island

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http://www.nst.com.my/node/12400

Star

Sunday July 13, 2014 MYT 7:46:01 AM

Shootout in Mabul island

KOTA KINABALU: A policeman was reported killed and another believed to have been kidnapped by gunmen after a shootout with the police at the diving haven of Mabul island off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah.

The shootout occurred just before midnight when eight gunmen in military fatigue landed on the island around 11.30pm Saturday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/13/Pulau-Mabul-shooting/

NST

A police source said they were among eight policemen who responded to a report about shots being fired on the island at about 11pm last night.

The team had first responded to report about shots being fired near the Bilabong Resort on the island.

On reaching the island, they were attacked at the Water Bungalow Resort by a group of men who wore black shirts and pants with military fatigues armed with long firearms.

After a skirmish that lasted several minutes, the police team regrouped and found two missing.

One was later found dead. He was identified as Corporal Abd Rajah Jamuan while Constable Zakia Aleip was missing. Both were from the Marine police unit.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/12402

Four kidnappings in the east coast of Sabah, between November and last month, as well as an armed intrusion by more than 100 Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu in February last year has heightened concerns over safety and security in the state.

NST

A DEFENSIVE “mother ship” will be despatched to waters off the east coast of Sabah to battle cross-border criminals.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC) container freighter Bunga Mas Lima will be positioned near the Philippine border “as soon as possible”.

“It will serve as a ‘mother ship’ where we can place our men, complete with fast boats, and, if there were to be any kidnappings, hopefully we can intercept them before they cross the border.”

Bunga Mas Lima, a 132m-long vessel owned by the MISC, has been converted into an auxiliary ship, and is occasionally used for naval training and operations by the armed forces.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/12519

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Remember this report?

Star

Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 12:24:29 PM

Two abducted from resort off Semporna

KOTA KINABALU: A 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker have been abducted from a resort off Semporna.

The Chinese woman from Shanghai, and the 40-year-old Filipino worker at the resort were snatched by as many as six unidentified gunmen at around 10.30pm Wednesday from the Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna.

WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

THE FILIPINO POLICE SOURCES WERE LYING!

No ransom has been paid to secure the release of the Chinese tourist Gao Huayun and Filipino hotel worker Marcy Dayawan, the leader of the Philippines anti-kidnapping task force in the south Agrimero Cruz confirms.

Cruz’s statement contradicts a Reuters report yesterday that quoted an unnamed Philippine police official that a “large ransom” was paid for the women’s release.

Malaysiakini
4:13PM Jun 1, 2014
Now, Philippines says no ransom paid

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/264446

WELL, BOTH WOMEN WERE FREED ON 30 MAY 2014.
NAJIB SAYS, “NO MONEY WAS PAID.” Filipino police sources say that a large sum was paid.

Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 31 May 2014 20:47

SABAH KIDNAP: LARGE RANSOM paid to secure release of Chinese, Filipino women

A “large ransom” had been paid to the secure the release of two women yesterday who were previously kidnapped from a resort in Sabah.

This contradicts Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s statement that no ransom had been paid for the Chinese tourist Gao Huayun and Filipino hotel worker Marcy Dayawan.

The two were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf gunmen from Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort on April 2.

“Philippines police sources however told Reuters that a large ransom was paid for the women. It has been rare for Abu Sayyaf to release abductees without a ransom being paid,” said the report today.

However it did not include any details of the supposed ransom, such as the amount paid and the source of the funds.

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YACHT FOUND, GERMANS MISSING!

Free Malaysia Today

Another kidnapping in Sabah-Palawan waters?

May 7, 2014

Philippines media quoted its Armed Forces Western Command chief as saying that two Germans “on their way back to Sabah” after island hopping in Mindanao had gone missing in the high seas.

KOTA KINABALU: Two Germans on board a yacht went missing in the high seas between Palawan in the Philippines and Sabah, raising fears that they were abducted by Abu Sayyaf members, a notorious kidnap-for-ransom group.

Philippines Armed Forces (AFP) Western Command chief Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda identified the missing as Stefan Victor Okonek, 71, and Herike Diesen, 55.

Deveraturda said that based on the Philippine Coast Guard report, the two left Palawan for Sabah on April 25 after going island-hopping in Mindanao.

He said the yacht has been recovered but the Germans were nowhere to be found.

“It is confirmed. They were on their way back to Sabah after island hopping.

“We have a report from the Coast Guard that they went to Palawan, then to Sabah,” the Manila Times reported today quoting Deveraturda.

Deveraturda said thus far no one had come forward to claim responsibility over the duo’s disappearance.

“It must be confirmed who are holding them. We don’t want to discount anything because our contacts have not yet confirmed (if they have been abducted).

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/05/07/another-kidnapping-in-sabah-palawan-waters/

ANOTHER INCIDENT!

A Chinese national identified as Yang Zailin, who is a manager of Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd, a company operating a fish farm, was  taken by gunmen.

Star

Tuesday May 6, 2014 MYT 4:08:16 PM

Ghapur Salleh: Sabahans are fed-up with security promises of Federal govt

Kalabakan MP Datuk Ghapur Salleh said Sabahans are now scared for their own safety due to the kidnappings.

“Many agents don’t have business now because tourists from China don’t want to come here anymore.

“Sabahans are fed up with all the promises of the federal government. We have been part of Malaysia for 51 years now but the government doesn’t even think of our safety,” he told the Star Online.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/06/lahad-datu-kidnap-ghapur-salleh-esscom/

KWONG WAH YIT POH

继今年4月中国女游客被掳后,沙巴东海岸周二早再发生一宗掳人案。此案相信是菲律宾南部组织所为。5名掳走中国籍男子的绑匪相信在在大马保安部队拦截失败后已经逃往了菲律宾南部地区。

根据媒体报道,受害者是34岁的中国籍男子杨再林,来自广东,是Wonderful Terrace私人有限公司的养殖场公司经理。

After April this year, Chinese women tourists were taken captive, Sha Badong coast on Tuesday morning after an abduction case. Case is believed to be the Organization in the southern Philippines.5 the kidnappers abducted a Chinese man believed that Malaysian security forces have fled to the southern Philippines after a failed intercept. According to media reports, the victim was a 34-year old Chinese man Yang Zailin, from Guangdong Province, is a Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd’s farm manager. (Translated by Bing)

继今年4月中国女游客被掳后,沙巴东海岸周二早再发生一宗掳人案。此案相信是菲律宾南部组织所为。5名掳走中国籍男子的绑匪相信在在大马保安部队拦截失败后已经逃往了菲律宾南部地区。</p> <p>根据媒体报道,受害者是34岁的中国籍男子杨再林,来自广东,是Wonderful Terrace私人有限公司的养殖场公司经理。

 

Star

Tuesday May 6, 2014 MYT 3:44:22 PM

Lahad Datu: Gunmen flee to southern Philippines after kidnapping Chinese national

The fish farm where five gunmen in military fatigues kidnapped a manager from China.

The fish farm where five gunmen in military fatigues kidnapped a manager from China.

KOTA KINABALU: Five gunmen in military fatigues holding a fish farm manager from China are believed to have fled to southern Philippines after firing shots at pursuing Malaysian security forces.

It was learned that the five men armed with M.16 rifles in a fibreglass white speedboat made its way into the Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd fish farm at Lahad Datu’s Silam, when the guard questioned their presence in the area at about 2.45am on Tuesday.

However, the armed men ordered the guard to get inside the boat and during the commotion, Chinese manager Yang Zai Lin, 34, from Guangzou, who came out to investigate  the commotion, was snatched by the gunmen.

The gunmen then forced the guard to jump out of the boat and they sped off towards international waters.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/06/Lahad-Datu-kidnap-southern-philippines/

即時更新消息
周日(4日)晚上11时,4名持械匪徒在沙巴拿笃的丹绒拉比安双溪比利斯(Sg Bilis)河口抢劫一名教师和他的3名友人。岂料不到24小时,相信也是来自菲律宾南部组织的持械匪徒于周二凌晨2时45分,再次登岸到拿笃的诗南 (Silam)将一名中国籍渔场经理杨再林(Yang Zailin,译音)掳走。丹绒拉比安(Tanjung Labian)也是2013年3月苏禄恐怖分子入侵拿笃时,马来西亚军方与恐怖分子交火的据点之一。

Hour updated news on Sunday (4th) at 11 o’clock, 4 armed robbers took Benedict’s Tanjung rabbis An Shuangxi corporate bliss in Sabah (Sg Bilis) estuary and looting of a teacher and his 3 friends. However, less than 24 hours, believed from the Organization of armed robbers in the southern Philippines on Tuesday 2:45 A.M., landing to the South of Benedict’s poems again (Silam) is a Chinese fishery Manager Yang Zailin (Yang Zailin, transliteration) away. Tanjung Rabian (Tanjung Labian) March 2013 Sulu when terrorists invaded Tuk, Malaysia one of the strongholds army exchanged fire with terrorists. (Translated by Bing)

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5持械男闖拿笃海域
掳走中国籍男子
继今年4月中国女游客被掳后,沙巴东海岸今早再发生一宗掳人案,相信是由菲律宾南部组织所为。根据《马来西亚前锋报》报道,掳人案是于凌晨2点55分在拿 笃的诗南海域发生,被掳走的相信是一名中国籍男子杨再林(Yang Zailin,译音)。报道指,杨再林在进行鱼笼作业时,遭到5名乘船而来的持械男子突袭和掳走。

After April this year, Chinese women tourists were taken captive, Sha Badong Coast this morning after an abduction case, believed to be from organizations in the southern Philippines. According to the Malaysia Herald reported that child abduction case is Benedict’s poems at 2:55 A.M. South Sea, is believed to be one of the abducted Chinese male Yang Zailin (Yang Zailin, transliteration). Reports that Yang Zailin fish cage operations were 5 armed men stormed and took the boat came. (Translated by Bing)

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Malaysiakini

10:24AM May 6, 2014

Another Chinese national kidnapped in Sabah

Another Chinese national is believed to have been kidnapped from a fish farm in Lahad Datu’s Silam, Sabah.

The Star reported that the incident happened hardly 24-hours after pirates robbed fishermen in waters off Tanjung Labian.

Quoting unofficial reports, The Star said gunmen grabbed the Chinese national identified as Yang Zailin, a manager with Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd at about 2.45am today.

It is believed that the gunmen had fled towards the southern Philippines.

Previously, gunmen kidnapped a Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker from a resort off Sabah.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/261951

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/06/lahad-datu-kidnap-chinese/

NST

Company manager believed kidnapped near Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU: A company manager went missing after he was believed kidnapped at Silam near Lahad Datu, early morning today.

The man  was said to have been kidnapped between 2.45am and 2.55am at Batu 7, Payang.
Lahad Datu chief police Superintendant Shamsuddin Mat when contacted refused to confirm.
He added Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib is expected to give a press conference at noon.
Hamza could not be contacted for confirmation.
On Sunday at 11pm, was reported that four armed men clad in camouflage uniform entered Tanjung Labian waters and robbed boat engines from four fishermen.

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The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is under the spotlight again after four gunmen clad in army fatigues pulled off a robbery in the waters off Tanjung Labian.

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

4 gunmen rob fishermen of outboard motors in Sabah, putting Esscom under spotlight

The gunmen, armed with three M-16 rifles, robbed three fishermen of their outboard motors close to Sungai Bilis at 11pm on Sunday, reported the Star.

Authorities were alerted to the incident after a police patrol team came across the three victims paddling back to the coast today.

The victims later lodged separate police reports and stated that they had been robbed of two 15-horsepower motors and one pump boat motor, the Star reported.

Both police and Esscom officers are investigating if the pirates were locals or foreigners.

https://my.news.yahoo.com/4-gunmen-rob-fishermen-outboard-motors-sabah-putting-125331503.html

Star

Monday May 5, 2014 MYT 8:01:48 PM

Heavily-armed gunmen rob four of boat engines near Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU: Four heavily armed gunmen clad in army fatigues were involved in a robbery in the waters off Tanjung Labian some 135km from Sabah’s east coast town of Lahad Datu.

It is understood that the suspected pirates, who were believed to have been armed with at least three M16 rifles, robbed four men of their three outboard engines – two 15 horse-power engines and one pump boat engine – close to Sungai Bilis at about 11pm on Sunday.

A police general operations force patrol team came across the fishermen paddling back to the coast at about 1am Monday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/05/Gunmen-strip-engines-from-fishing-vessels/

NST

LAHAD DATU: A group of armed men made their way to Tanjung Labian waters on Sunday night and robbed four fishermen before fleeing.

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Kidnappers: Do you want her back? It’s RM36.4million.

Star

Thursday April 10, 2014 MYT 2:18:55 PM

Semporna resort kidnap: RM36.4mil ransom demand for Chinese tourist, Zahid reveals

KUALA LUMPUR: Abductors of two women from a resort off Semporna have demanded RM36.4mil for the release of a Chinese tourist, Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi revealed.

“We have received a note that the kidnappers have asked for 500mil pesos or RM36.4mil as ransom.

“We have sent our team to discuss with the so-called reported middle person,” he told reporters here Thursday.

Zahid added that there has been no ransom demand for the Filipina hostage.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/10/Semporna-kidnap-ransom-demand/

BUSINESS AS USUAL: KIDNAPPERS CONTACT PARENTS OF CHINA KIDNAP VICTIM. No mention of ransom yet….

5:49PM Apr 6, 2014

Esscom: Kinappers have made contact

The group of armed men, who abducted a female tourist from China at Singamata Adventures Reef and Resort in Semporna has contacted her family last Friday.

Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) director-general Mohammad Mentek confirmed the matter but said no ransom had been made so far.

“The victim’s family members were given the opportunity to speak with her (the vicitm). Both victims are in good health and safe,” he said in a statement to Bernama today.

 http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/259262

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THE ISLAND RESORTS OF SABAH ARE LIKE PARADISE TO TOURISTS. However, the huge number of illegals, including those holding fake ICs, are part and parcel of ‘Paradise’.

*HERE IS AN UNSEEN ASPECT OF ‘PARADISE’: THE ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS.

仙 本那这个另一个侧面或许很容易被人忽略,不过却是实实在在的存在。在豪华度假屋背后,很多当地人的生活还非常困苦,以记者今年2月前往潜水的玛布岛为例, 尽管岛上海边都围绕着度假屋,不过岛中间当地人居的木屋区却显得有点破烂,卫生环境也不理想。这些木屋区和度假屋就只有一道篱笆网相隔。 — with Linchewe Linchewe.

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*THIS IS VERY MUCH A VISIBLE ASPECT OF ‘PARADISE’: BEGGAR CHILDREN!

不论是在仙本那内陆的海岸外还是离岛的海上,都有以船为家的人。这些“艇户”家庭的孩子,看到度假村有游客出现,就会划着独木舟向游客乞讨食物,让人见了心酸。

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POM-POM ISLAND AND SIPADAN: THEY ARE THE SAME KIDNAPPERS!

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ESSCOM: Semporna abductors likely same who kidnapped Taiwanese tourist
KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Raiders who took two women from a Semporna resort are believed to have perpetrated similar abductions in Sabah including last year’s kidnap of a Taiwanese tourist, the Eastern Sabah

Star

Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 5:51:49 PM

Semporna resort kidnap: Abductors also involved in Pom-Pom and Sipadan incidents, says Esscom chief

SEMPORNA: The kidnappers of the two women from the Singamata Reef Resort off Sipadan were also involved in the abduction of a Taiwanese woman from Pom-Pom Island last year and 21 people from Sipadan Island in 2000.

“One of them is believed to be involved in the kidnap of Taiwanese woman on Nov 15 in Pom Pom Island, while the rest are believed to be involved in the Sipadan island kidnapping (of 21 people) in 2000,” Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek said in a statement.

He said that based on intelligence received, Chinese tourist Gao Huayuan, 29, and Filipina resort employee Marcy Darawan @ Mimi, 40, were being held on an island in southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf gunmen and were in good shape.

“We believe that this particular kidnap for ransom group is active and aggressive in the southern Philippines,” he said, adding that the local Filipino community might have provided information to the gunmen.

 http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/04/semporna-kidnappers-also-involved-pompom-sipadan/

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Sabah police nab four over Semporna resort abduction
KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Four individuals were detained yesterday to help investigations into the abduction of two women at a resort near Semporna, Sabah police said today. Sabah police chief Datuk H

*ANOTHER KIDNAPPING! Again off Semporna.

The abduction, just two days the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) celebrated its first anniversary, saw six gunmen abduct a 29-year-old Chinese national Gao Hua Yun from Shanghai, along with Filipina worker Marcy Dayawan @ Mimi Filipino woman from the Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna.

LAST NOVEMBER (2013), a Taiwanese tourist was kidnapped by Filipino gunmen. They shot dead her husband at Pom Pom, an island resort off Semporna.

Fall-out from the Terrorist Attack of Pom Pom Island, Sabah

Free Malaysia Today

Kidnapping: Esscom powerless to act

April 4, 2014

Esscom, allocated RM75 million under Budget 2014 has no authority to command, direct or order any action.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), which has come under attack over the security breach on Wednesday when armed men in masks stormed a resort in Semporna and kidnapped a Chinese national and a Filipina, has no power to “give direct orders” to the 10 districts.

Esscom’s role is simply to “coordinate” inter-agency administrative efforts, said Esscom Corporate Communication head, Newmond Tibin.

Tibin said the 10 districts – Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau – are under the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) and had their own respective OCPDs.

All the OCPDs come under the power of Hamza Taib who is the Sabah police chief.

“Our role is to coordinate with various agencies such as the police and the military. We cannot give direct orders to the 10 district on what they have to do.

“Each district in the Esszone has its own OCPD and they receive order from the CP (Chief of Police) and thus the allegation that Esscom is not doing anything is not true.

“It does not reflect us. We did our part which is to coordinate and to cooperate with the authorities,” Tibin said when contacted over reports that Esscom was a failure following the second security breach since its implementation a year ago.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/04/04/kidnapping-esscom-powerless-to-act/

Free Malaysia Today

Four locals arrested to assist police in kidnap case

April 4, 2014

No ransom demands made as yet, while police continues investigating the latest kidnapping case in Sabah.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah police yesterday arrested four people in relation to the kidnapping of two foreign nationals on Wednesday night to assist in the investigation.

Two are employees of Singamata Reef Resort where the incident happened while there is still no detail information on the other two suspects who were arrested in Semporna town.

The employees were picked up from the resort at around 3 pm.

Sabah Police Chief, Hamza Taib when contacted confirmed detaining the four, one man and three women.

“All of them are locals and out of four, two are working at the resort. The other two are still under police investigation.

“We arrested them at two separate locations and at two different time. The first arrest was made at 3pm while the second was made at 5pm in Semporna town,”

“However, nothing is certain yet as we are still investigating the matter,” Hamza told FMT.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/04/04/four-locals-arrested-to-assist-police-in-kidnap-case/

SLAP ZAHIM HAMIDI AND GET RM500!

Malaysiakini

5:38PM Apr 4, 2014

Zahid gets slap offer, deputy wants resorts shut down

Former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee promised RM500 to those who slap the home minister over the security breach, which saw a Chinese national and Filipino resort worker taken hostage by armed men.

Apart from this, the SAPP president also offered a RM1,000 to any MP who would move a motion in Parliament to slash the salaries of the home minister (right), defence minister and rural development minister.

“This to show the anger of Sabahans over the repeated failures of the federal government to fulfill its constitutional duty to protect Sabah and its people,” he added.

Previously, Zahid was embroiled in a “slap controversy” after he declared in February there was nothing wrong when a coalition of right wing NGOs offered a bounty to slap an opposition MP.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/259119

THE ECONOMICS OF KIDNAPPING
*Ransom for non-Filipino: RM11.5million
*Ransom for Filipino: RM219,000.

Star

PETALING JAYA: The notorious Abu Sayyaf group believed to be responsible for the abduction of a Chinese and Philippine national in Sabah used to demand up to US$3.5mil (RM11.5mil) for the release of non-Filipino citizens, said a security analyst.

Prof Dr Aruna Gopinath who specialises in maritime security said the separatist group based at Basilan in the southern Philippines would typically charge a lower rate of three million pesos (RM219,000) for the release of Filipino citizens.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/04/RM115mil-the-usual-price-for-nonFilipino-hostages/

Star

Friday April 4, 2014 MYT 6:51:49 AM

Gao’s mum gets sms just before attack

PETALING JAYA: The Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, who was abducted from a resort off Semporna on Wednesday night had sent an SMS to her mother saying she had just finished taking her bath, minutes before she was kidnapped.

Her father told the Shanghai People’s Radio Station that his daughter sent the SMS at about 10pm.

“Not long after that her travel mate posted on the app WeChat that my daughter had been kidnapped. Many people started calling us for confirmation.

“We were so worried and didn’t sleep the whole night,” the father told the radio station while appealing for it to help the search for his daughter.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/04/Gaos-mum-gets-sms-just-before-attack-Kidnapped-Chinese-tourist-said-she-just-had-her-bath-says-fathe/

DETAILS OF THE KIDNAP EMERGE..

Free Malaysia Today

Witness: Armed men barged into main lounge

April 3, 2014

Yesterday’s kidnapping incident once again floats doubts on the integrity of Esscom.

PETALING JAYA: The latest abduction of two foreigners off the east of Sabah yesterday has once again schlepped Esscom into a debacle.

Last night a Chinese tourist and a Filipino were kidnapped from Singamata Reef Resort, a holiday heaven located in Semporna, Sabah by an unknown armed group; as Malaysia is still reeling out of a similar incident that occurred also off the shores of Sabah last November.

In that earlier incident, 58-year-old Chang An Wei from Taiwan was abducted by an armed group from a resort in Pom Pom Island while holidaying with her husband. In the unfortunate event, her husband was shot dead. Nevertheless, Chang was released a month later by the kidnappers.

Witness accounts on the latest incident in a police report made available to FMT revealed that both victims in yesterday’s episode were dragged at around 10.59pm into a blue and white wooden boat with six men, all armed with M16 guns.

In narrating the horrifying moment, witness Kalmin Hamid, 25, said that he initially heard loud screams coming from the direction of the reception area of the resort but could not make out the commotion as he was a distance away from that point. Neither did he see any of the kidnappers.

“I was asleep when I heard the loud screams. At first I thought that there were fights among the guests but I can hear the sound of roaring engines.

“So I rushed to the front but I did not see anyone (abductors) and I don’t know where exactly the boat went,” said Kalmin who is an assistant chef at the resort.

Meanwhile another witness, 50-year-old Man Lanji told police that three people from the armed group barged into the main lounge while he was watching television with Marcy Dayawan, 40, a Filipino, who is one of the kidnapped victims.

Marcy, who is also fondly called Mimi, and Man are both staff of the resort.

Fearing for his life, Man said he immediately jumped into the sea when the three men rushed into the room.

“I was drinking and watching a TV show when three men entered the room. Only one of them had a mask on.

“I jumped into the water as I was scared. I saw them dragging Mimi away. She is one of the hotel staff. I was not far from where the wooden boat was and I also saw four men on the boat not wearing their mask,” Man disclosed.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/04/03/witness-armed-men-barged-into-main-lounge/

Malaysian Insider

Abu Sayyaf gunmen believed to be behind Sabah abductions, say police

BY LEE SHI-IAN
April 03, 2014

Malaysian authorities believe the Abu Sayyaf Islamic militant group is behind the abduction of two foreigners from a resort off Semporna in Sabah on Wednesday night, and they had inside help.

Senior police officials told The Malaysian Insider that initial investigations point to the Abu Sayyaf group as being behind the abduction as a wide-scale manhunt involving Malaysia and the Philippines is underway to rescue the victims, a Chinese and a Filipina.

Malaysian authorities believe the Abu Sayyaf Islamic militant group is behind the abduction of two foreigners from a resort off Semporna in Sabah on Wednesday night, and they had inside help.

Senior police officials told The Malaysian Insider that initial investigations point to the Abu Sayyaf group as being behind the abduction as a wide-scale manhunt involving Malaysia and the Philippines is underway to rescue the victims, a Chinese and a Filipina.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/abu-sayyaf-gunmen-believed-to-be-behind-sabah-abductions-say-police

Star photo

The Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna

The Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna

SEMPORNA: Police believe that kidnap-for-ransom groups based in southern Philippines are responsible for the abduction of two women – a Chinese tourist and a Filipino resort worker in Semporna.

Police also suspect that seven gunmen had “inside help” to get into the resort, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said on Thursday, adding that “anyone wanting to enter the resort area needed to be brought or let in by a Singamata Reef Resort staff.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/03/Semporna-kidnap-resort-Gunmen-had-inside-help-says-Hamza/

The tourist from China, 29-year-old Gao Huayun, was due to study for an MBA in the UK.

Star

Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 6:39:22 PM

Semporna resort kidnap: Victim to be admitted for MBA programme, says father

PETALING JAYA: The father of a Chinese tourist who was abducted from a resort off Semporna in Sabah called the Shanghai People’s Radio Station pleading for help from the authorities to save her.

He said his 29-year-old daughter Gao Huayun had worked in a Japanese firm and attained excellent results in her studies.

He said on Wednesday, he received a letter from a university in Britain informing his daughter that she had been admitted to its MBA programme.

He said Gao was travelling in Malaysia with her course mates.

Gao was reportedly taken at about 10.30pm on Wednesday when a group of gunmen stormed into the Singamata Reef Resort. They also abducted a Filipino resort staff.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/03/semporna-resort-kidnap-victim-father-appeals-for-help/

沙巴仙本那昨晚10时再传武装份子掳人案。1名中国上海籍女孩和1名菲律宾籍酒店女员工被劫持。
根据警方过后公布的消息指出,闯入酒店的共有6名持械绑匪,两名被掳走的女子分别是29岁的中国女游客高华赟,和酒店女员工Marcy Dayawan(40岁)。
被绑女子高华赟父亲透露,女儿之前是在日企工作,家里才刚刚还接到了她获得英国大学的MBA录取通知书。她是与同学一起到仙本那进行自助式旅游。

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NST photo

Another photo allegedly taken with a mobile phone of the incident. AP Photo

Star

Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 5:46:47 PM

Semporna resort kidnap: Philippine cops mobilised after Filipina taken

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 52nd Special Action Company conduct security checks at a checkpoint in Indanan Village, Sulu province on April 3, 2014.

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 52nd Special Action Company conduct security checks at a checkpoint in Indanan Village, Sulu province on April 3, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Philippine National Police maritime unit and anti-kidnapping operatives have been activated following the abduction of one of its citizens from the Singamata Resort near Semporna on Wednesday night.

The Philippine Embassy here, in a statement, confirmed that the kidnapping of the woman, believed to be a 40-year-old Filipina worker there, at around 10.30pm Wednesday.

“The Embassy’s police attaché immediately alerted Philippine police authorities in nearby areas for possible interdiction, in the event the perpetrators and their victims were headed their way.

“Philippine authorities, especially Philippine National Police maritime units and anti-kidnapping operatives, are actively and closely co-ordinating with their Malaysian counterparts in exchanging information and working towards the speedy resolution of the case,” said the embassy.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/03/semporna-resort-kidnap-philippine-cops-mobilised/

Malaysiakini

China tourist kidnapped by armed men in Sabah

A Chinese tourist and a hotel employee have been kidnapped by armed men in Sabah, the latest in a spate of such abductions in recent years.

According to West China Metropolis Daily, the incident happened at the Singamata Reef Resort last night.

The South China Morning Post quoted the hotel manager identified only as Vicky saying that five to six armed men raided the hotel around 10.30pm yesterday and left by boat within minutes.

The Chinese tourist was identified as Gao Huayun, 29, from Shanghai whereas the female hotel employee is from the Philippines.

A journalist from West China Metropolis Daily, who was on vacation in Semporna, was the first to break the story, which later went viral after being picked up by other Chinese dailies.

A photograph of her notes had also been uploaded.

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According to the journalist, the tourists claimed that the armed men had also fired several shots.

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http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/258946

[BREAKING] Two Foreign Women Abducted By Gunmen From Semporna Resort:

http://says.com/my/news/two-women-abducted-from-singamata-reef-resort-in-semporna-sabah-2014

据央视新闻报道,马来西亚警方发布文告指出:“仙本那掳人案”持械绑匪有6人,两名被掳走的女子分别为:1.中国女游客Gao Hua Yuan,29岁;2.Singa Matahari Semporna渡假村女员工Marcy Dayawan,40岁。
事发时,酒店有60名中国游客,有老人、小孩,当时现场一片混乱,酒店员工称有武装人员靠近,所有人立马趴在地上,情况很紧张。晚上11点左右,当地武装警察接报警后赶到酒店。华西都市报记者正在当地旅游,不想遭遇这一突发事件。
劫持事件发生后,记者立即联系了中国驻古晋总领馆。总领馆相关负责人称:总领馆在事后立即启动了24小时应急机制。

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中國報訊:據上海人民廣播電台報導,在大馬仙本那被綁的女遊客父親今早致電求助,指其女高華贇(29歲),之前在日本企業工作,成績優秀,昨天還接到英國大學的MBA錄取通知書,事發時與同學在大馬自由行,事發時,同學在洗澡,之後發現房門打開,人已不在。

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Star

Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 12:24:29 PM

Two abducted from resort off Semporna

KOTA KINABALU: A 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker have been abducted from a resort off Semporna.

The Chinese woman from Shanghai, and the 40-year-old Filipino worker at the resort were snatched by as many as six unidentified gunmen at around 10.30pm Wednesday from the Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna.

Malaysian security forces have been put on full alert along its sea borders with southern Philippines.

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Details remain sketchy, though it is believed that tourist was taking a bath in her room when the gunmen forced her out into a boat. It is as yet unclear clear where the resort worker was when she was abducted.

There were about 61 tourists from China at the resort at the time of the incident.

One of the tourists at the resort, a newspaper journalist from China, reported that many of the holidaymakers were in their rooms at various parts of the resort when the incident occurred.

The tourist only came to know of it when the management ordered all guest out of their rooms after police arrived minutes after the gunmen fled with their captives.

“A roll call was done and it was only then did they realise the tourist and a resort worker were missing,” he reported.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/03/Semporna-kidnapping-Semporna/

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