KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman today offered his heartfelt condolences, on behalf of the state government, to the family of Bernard Then Ted Fen who was killed his abductors, the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines.
“We tried our best to negotiate for his release but unfortunately it did not materialise. This inhumane act of atrocity must not be tolerated and condemned to the fullest. I, therefore, call on all relevant authorities including our counterparts in the Philippines to render their full cooperation and focus on all efforts to hunt down these perpetrators and wipe them out once and for all,” Musa said in a
statement here today.
It was reported by foreign media yesterday that Bernard Then, 39, an electrical engineer from Sarawak was beheaded at around 4pm at a remote Abu Sayyaf stronghold in Jolo island in Sulu province, some 1,400km south of the capital Manila.
Both Bernard Then and a woman Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, were kidnapped by four armed men, who stormed the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan at 7.45pm on May 14.
However on Nov 8, Thien, the restaurant manager, was released by the abductors following negotiation with the Malaysian authorities and her captors.-BERNAMA