KL stop for three rescued M'sian hostages before heading home

AARON LEE


KOTA KINABALU: The three rescued Malaysian hostages will head to Kuala Lumpur for documentation purposes first before they return Sabah, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

Ramli said Jumadil Rahim, 24, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 33, and Fandy Bakran, 27, who were rescued by Philippines authorities on Sunday at Panglima Estino in the Sulu Province, will be back on Malaysian soil soon but do not have the exact date as yet.

“They will be flown back to Malaysia from the Philippines soon but I have not been told when they will arrive here,” he said during a Crime Prevention and Community Safety programme for the police volunteer reserve program at the state police headquarters here.

The trio were among five Malaysians reported missing after their tugboat Serudong 3 was found abandoned at Den Haven off Lahad Datu waters on July 18 last year.

Last Thursday, two kidnap victims Tayudin Anjut, 45, and Abdul Rahim Summas, 62, were rescued and the duo has been reunited with their family yesterday.

Ramli added police would continue to ensure security at the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) following Philippines’ offensive operations against militants.

“We believed they (militants) will seek refuge in neighbouring countries including Sabah, but we are always ready and we will stop them.”