Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar
SUBANG JAYA: Malaysian authorities are working with their counterparts in the Philippines to ensure the safety and release of two Malaysians who were kidnapped in Sabah in May.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar assured the families of Bernard Then and Thien Nyuk Fun that they were doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of the victims.
"We are working closely with the Philippines on the matter."
"The kidnappers have been threatening the victims since the beginning but we are hopeful that we can work together with our counterparts to bring them home safely,” Khalid told reporters after launching the Sukep Bowling tournament at a shopping mall here on Saturday.
It was reported that Then, 39, and Thien, 50, were held by the notorious Abu Sayyaf gunmen and are living on borrowed time with every passing day.
The militants' threat to behead Then could turn out to be a reality if nothing is done to secure his release soon.
Both were abducted on May 14 from a restaurant in Sabah. It was reported that the militants are now on the run with the military in pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines island of Jolo.