Rescued Malaysian hostage: Mother wants son home soon

OLIVIA MIWIL

TAWAU: The mother of rescued Malaysian hostage Fandy Bakran is looking forward to seeing her son soon.

Hasmiah Lahapi, 60, said she was happy to see and listen to Fandy via a 16-second video uploaded on a foreign news portal’s twitter account.

“I am glad but looking at my son’s emaciated condition makes me feel sad.

“However, I am thankful that they are all safe,” she said.

Fandy, 26, Mohammad Jumadil Rahim, 23, and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32 were saved by Philippines authorities on Sunday at Panglima Estino in the Sulu Province, about 26km from where Tayufin Anjut, 46, and Abdul Rahim Sumas, 62, were rescued earlier.

The trio had also expressed their eagerness to return home after being held captive for eight months by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the video clip.

Fandy, who spoke on behalf of the group, also thanked the relevant quarters particularly the Phillipines authorities for rescuing them and bringing them to safety.

On July 18 last year, the five Malaysians were reported missing after their tugboat Serudong 3 was found abandoned at Den Haven off Lahad Datu waters.