BANGI, April 25 ― The police are doing everything in their power to expedite the release of four Malaysians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants off Sabah, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.
The police chief said the authorities have been doing everything in their power including negotiating with the Philippines authorised to return the four Sarawakians but have not made any media statement in fear of their safety.
“We have a high ranking officer from Bukit Aman who just came back from negotiating with the Philippines government in Manila to secure the release of the four kidnapped individuals.
“Even though we have negotiated, we have not released any media statement because we fear for their safety. We don't want to say too much which will risk their safety,” Khalid said during his speech to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia students.
He was responding to claims that the police were not doing anything to secure the release of the hostages.
On April 1, four Sarawakians — Wong Teck Kang, 31, Wong Hung Sing, 34, Wong Teck Chii, 29, and Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21 — were abducted by gunmen in the waters off Ligitan Island in Sabah
Khalid added that the police will not “run away from their duties” and will take every measure to return the four individuals back here safely.
The men were among nine crew members of a tugboat which was returning from the Philippines to Malaysia.