"We hope we are Abu Sayyaf's last kidnap victims": Rescued M'sian

TEOH PEI YING AND VEENA BABULAL

KUALA LUMPUR: "We hope we will be the last (people to ever be) abducted by the Abu Sayyaf."

These are the words of Malaysians Fandy Bakran, 26, Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, 23 and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32, who were rescued by the Philippines security forces on Sunday night after eight months in captivity.

The trio even expressed a strong wish to join the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) when meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

"We hope we will be the last. We wish to join the MMEA to protect our waters," they told reporters at Najib's residence in Taman Duta, this morning.

Fandy said they do not want other Malaysians to experience what they went through.

"We were eating rice with salt, and drinking salty water for the past eight months.

"Sometimes, we had food, sometimes we were just starving. We were eating (Abu Sayyaf terrorist members’) leftovers.

"We were threatened with guns every day. There were more than 20 of them keeping guard on us, so we dared not escape.

"I am lucky enough that I was not sick in the past eight months," he added.

Fandy, Jumadil and Ridzuan were reunited with their families today after arriving here from the Philippines yesterday night.

The three were rescued at 11.20pm yesterday, in Panglima Estino, Sulu province, about 26km from where Tayufin Anjut, 46, and Abdul Rahim Sumas, 62, were picked up by the Philippines authorities.

The three were among five crew members of Malaysian tugboat ‘Serudong 3’ abducted by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in waters off Dent Haven, Lahad Datu, on July 18 last year.

Last Thursday, Abdul Rahim and Tayudin were rescued by Philippine security forces in waters off Pata Island, Sulu.