TAWAU: A boat skipper, who was rescued after being held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf for eight months, has sworn off working at sea.
Abdul Rahim Summas, 62, who returned here this morning, said the decision was made following persuasion from his family.
"My body is still weak and I am getting older.
"For now, I plan to find another job that does not require me to go to the sea," he said when met by the media at the airport here.
Also home is Tayudin Anjut, 45, who also received treatment with Abdul Rahim at the Selayang hospital in Selangor for two weeks after they were rescued by Philippines security forces on March 23.
Upon arrival at the airport here from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, the duo were welcomed by their family members and friends.
Meanwhile, Tayudin said he would continue his work after undergoing eye surgery and after making a fully recovery.
"Going to the sea is my job and the only source of income for us.
"But I hope security personnel will continue to patrol high-risk waters to prevent kidnappings from happening," he said.
He expressed hope that the kidnapping involving the five of them would be the last.
The duo, Fandy Bakran, 26, Mohamad Jumadil Rahim, 23, and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32 were kidnapped off Lahad Datu waters on July 18 last year.
Fandy, Jumadil and Mohd Ridzuan were rescued on March 26 and had returned home last week.