KOTA KINABALU: Philippine authorities will give cooperation in helping the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to find the best solution to free the two Malaysian citizens kidnapped at Ocean King Restaurant last May.
Sabah Police Commissioner, Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, said PDRM has also asked the cooperation of Philippine authorities to identify the kidnapper group in Southern Philippine in order to release of the kidnap victims without involving any ransom payment.
“We are still negotiating in details because the victims’ families are not capable to pay the ransom money demanded by the kidnappers,” he said to the media after the PDRM Raya celebration with the Head of State, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, at Sabah Police Contingent Headquarters.
Initially the kidnappers demanded for RM60 million as ransom to exchange for the two kidnapped victims, but they later agreed to reduce the amount after several negotiations, he explained.
“Both victims are in a safe and based on phone calls to their families, the victims are believed to be in the interior region of Southern Philippine,” he said.
During the 7.45pm incident in May, four armed men raided the Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan and abducted two locals who have been identified as Thien Nyuk Fun,50, and Bernard Then Ted Fen,39. – SayangSabah