KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government had done its level best to free kidnap victim Bernard Then Ted Fen, who was killed by the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines this month, the State Assembly was told today.
Sabah Special Functions Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the state government condemned the killing of Then, 39, who was kidnapped by an armed group at a seafood restaurant in Sandakan in May.
The manager of the restaurant, Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, who was also kidnapped with Then, was freed on Nov 9.
“The state government strongly condemns the cruelty and inhuman action of group,” said Teo when winding up speech for the Sabah Chief Minister’s Office .
He said the government viewed seriously the security problems in the waters off the east coast of Sabah which a cross-border criminal route including kidnapping for ransom.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said most of the 706 km route of the RM12.8 billion Sabah Pan Borneo Highway project would be along existing roads.
“The construction of the highway will start on March 2016 as soon as detailed designs involving three early packages are ready by the end of 2015.
The three packages involve a distance of 23.5 km,” he said when winding debate for his ministry.
In his winding up speech for his ministry, Sabah Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said the ministry endeavoured to draw up earthquake proof building standards.
“The state government is discussing with the Department of standards Malaysia towards an understanding to implement a study and subsequently come up with complete and authoritatives standard,” he said.
He said this was following the deadly earthquake in Ranau on June 5 which claimed 18 lives.- BERNAMA