Malaysian held by Abu Sayyaf for almost 2 years back in Sabah


DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Chinese Malaysian Pang Choon Pong returned home to Kota Kinabalu on Thursday and was reunited with his family, five days following his release by Abu Sayyaf gunmen who held him for nearly two years in Jolo, Sulu, a Sabah-based radio station reported.

Pang, 48, was flown into Malaysia from the Philippines by Malaysian authorities who accompanied him home on Thursday after some debriefing in Kuala Lumpur, the radio station said.

Pang is engaged in the fish breeding business and was visiting Sitangkai in Tawi-tawi with a Filipino business partner when he was abducted by Abu Sayyaf gunmen on Oct. 5, 2011. It turned out that the Filipino business partner, whose identity was not disclosed, had a hand in the  kidnapping, the station said. Pang was transferred to Sulu, where he was held for the next 17 months.

The radio station quoted Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman as saying Pang’s freedom was brought about by a series of negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf. But Musa was mum on whether money changed hands, the station added.

Pang said he was thankful to Malaysian officials led by Prime Minister Najib Razak and Musa for their efforts to secure his liberty.

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  • xda69

    Foreign investors come to bring business, investment and future to tawi-tawi and instead of embracing it for long term benefit, the “business” partner decide to kidnap him for the sake of short term profit. Just to show how shallow the mentality is.

    • Hans Hans

      agreed. investing in Philippines just like throwing money into bottomless pit. not worth it.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Malaysians are the ones giving arms to Abu Sayaf to promote terrorism. And now they are making a bad image out of this mess.

    • Hans Hans

      yeah its all malaysian fault. but all of us know that the Tausug have been trading firearms in open market in Jolo/Tawi-Tawi just like Malaysian housewives shopping groceries in Tesco.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    people scared invest in tawi tawi

  • misuari playboy

    kiram has upset malaysia… big mistake!

    • rock_steady

      so what? fcuk Malaysia. who cares about them? they are a bunch of land grabbers.

      • disillusioned panda

        You obviously don’t know much about the economy do you? Foreign direct investment (FDI) is crucial to generate economic growth. Without FDI, there’d be less jobs, less infrastructure, trade deficit and higher crime rate.

        Always look at the big picture and think long term! It’s important for Southeast Asians like yourself to understand that so ASEAN will remain an important player in the world economy.

  • Pio Pusli

    sabi ng engkong,ko “iho, wag kang magtiwala sa mga hinayupak na kapatid nating muslim, traydor yan”

  • John John

    In light of recent events,maybe Abu Sayyaf realized what can happen to Militants who try to forcefully “negotiate” with Malaysia & wised up?

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