Militants want $14 million to free Chinese tourist
KUALA LUMPUR – Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen have demanded RM36.4mil (J$14 million) for the discharge of a 29-yr-previous Chinese lady vacationer whom they kidnapped from a resort off Semporna in Sabah, stated Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He added that there had been no ransom demand for the opposite hostage, a forty-yr-previous Filipina resort employee.
“We have acquired a notice that the abductors have requested for 500 million pesos, equal to RM36.4mil, in ransom.
“We have despatched our workforce, the police and negotiators to debate with their so-referred to as appointed center individual to barter about decreasing the ransom,” he stated after launching the “Message from Prison” phase of TV3’s Wanita Hari Ini programme right here yesterday.
Gao Huayun and Marcy Dayawan have been snatched from Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna on April P.
One of the abductors is believed to be additionally concerned within the abduction of a Taiwanese lady who was snatched on Pom Pom Island on Nov 15 final yr after gunmen shot lifeless her husband.
To a query, Dr Ahmad Zahid denied that the Eastern Sabah Security Command was a failure, saying Esscom was merely finishing up its actions based mostly on the Standard Operating Procedure that had been set for Esszon, the Eastern Sabah Security Zone.
He added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had a gathering just lately with the members of the National Security Council on tightening safety within the space.
“We are going to tighten the actions inside Esszon … (extra) gear and belongings are to be deployed inside the Esszon space.”
Dr Ahmad Zahid stated the police, army and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency have been working collectively and collaborating with the Philippine coast guard, navy and army on additional tightening safety.
Zahid stated they might search the cooperation from the resort operators inside the Esszon space and ask them to put in excessive-safety cameras.
“We are going to ask them to put in excessive-definition CCTV in all their premises to stop future actions by intruders or kidnappers,” he added.