KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State Legislative Assembly sitting today observed a minute’s silence as a remembrance to Bernard Then Ted Fen, the kidnap victim who was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf militants, last
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman called on all Assemblymen to join in observing the meditation, before beginning the sitting to table the Supply Bill 2016.
Then, 39, an electrical engineer from Sarawak, was reported to have been beheaded at about 4pm, last Tuesday, at the Abu Sayyaf remote stronghold in Jolo, Sulu Province, about 1,400km south of Manila.
Then and a woman, Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, were abducted by four armed men who raided the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan at 7.45pm on May 14.
However, on Nov 8, Thien, the restaurant manager, was released by her abductors following negotiations between the Malaysian authorities and the abductors.
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar disclosed that Malaysian and the Philippine police would cooperate closely in carrying out DNA tests to determine whether the body found in southern Philippines was that of Then or otherwise. – BERNAMA