ZAMBOANGA CITY: ABU Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits holding captive a Malaysian fish breeder have threatened to kill their victim if their ransom demand of three million ringgits is not paid immediately by his family, reports said on Tuesday.
The victim Chan Sai Chuin, 32, along with an unidentified Filipino worker, were kidnapped at gunpoint by the suspects on June 16 this year from a fish farm in Kunak in Tawau District, Sabah.
Malaysia’s The Star Online quoted Chan’s wife Chin Pek Nyen, 42, as saying the Abu Sayyaf members are getting impatient, and told her that enough time had been given to raise the ransom and that any further delay would put her husband in danger.
“They told me my husband is sick and is dying. I don’t know if they are telling the truth but I’m very scared,” Chin told The Star, saying the gunmen had allowed her husband to make fewer calls to her.
“It’s like putting a bet on my husband’s life,” she said.
“I have only been able to borrow about 100,000 ringgits from friends and relatives so far. I can’t get any more,” Chin added.
The ASG has been tagged in at least six kidnappings in Sabah since last year.
In November 2013, the al-Qaeda linked group kidnapped Taiwanese tourist Chang An Wei after killing her husband Hsu Li Min in a daring cross-border raid in Sabah’s Pom Pom Island.
The woman was released a month later.