‘THEY THREAT­ENED TO

Vic­tim re­lates how they were treated like slaves and lived in fear

New Straits Times - - News -

MELISSA DAR­LYNE CHOW AND TEOH PEI YING KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE two Malaysians, who were res­cued from Philip­pine-based ter­ror­ist group Abu Sayyaf in Sulu last week, said they were treated like slaves and lived in con­stant fear of be­ing be­headed or shot over the past eight months.

Tayudin An­jut, 45, said they were threat­ened with ex­e­cu­tion ev­ery day.

“The kid­nap­pers threat­ened to be­head and shoot us if we dis­obeyed them.

“We were or­dered to serve them. We cooked for them and ate left­overs.”

He said they were not given much to eat.

“Some­times, it was rice, and some­times, it was bread.”

But, one thing he was thank­ful for was that the hostages were never beaten up.

“All they wanted was money,” he said at Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s res­i­dence in Ta­man Duta yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Tayudin said he and Abdul Rahim Sum­mas, 62, did not know they were go­ing to be freed.

“We (in­clud­ing three other Malaysians) were all kept and moved to­gether.

“We al­ways moved (with the Abu Sayyaf group) at night. It (our re­lease) hap­pened so sud­den. We did not even know how it hap­pened.

“We thought we were just be­ing moved some­where else... We didn’t know we were sep­a­rated from the other three,” he said.

He said they were brought out by vil­lagers on a boat and res­cued by the Philip­pine army.

Tayudin and Rahim were re­united with their fam­i­lies at Na­jib’s res­i­dence.

Tayudin said they were kept in the for­est and were al­ways on the run.

“Most of the time, they blind­folded us. This caused my eye­sight to de­te­ri­o­rate. I can barely see now.

“We suf­fered body ache and pain due to the work we had to do,” he said.

Asked whether he would re­turn to sea af­ter his health im­proved, he said:

“We will see when the time comes.”

Tayudin was over­come with emo­tion when he was re­united with his wife, Gus­tiah Sul­tan, 47, and two chil­dren Nur Erin Far­isha, 13, and Mohd Fahrin, 5.

Rahim, who was trau­ma­tised, could barely talk to the reporters.

How­ever, he thanked the au­thor­i­ties pro­fusely.

The two men will be treated at first class wards at Se­layang Hospi­tal.

Last Thurs­day, Tayudin and Rahim were res­cued by Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces af­ter Abu Sayyaf mem­bers freed them at a man­grove area in Barangay Karudong in Kal­ing­galang Calu­ang, Sulu.

The five Malaysians were re­ported miss­ing last year af­ter the tug­boat, Serudong 3, was found aban­doned in Dent Haven, off Lahad Datu, on July 18.

PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

Tayudin An­jut hug­ging his wife and two chil­dren at Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s res­i­dence in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SA­MAD

Abdul Rahim Sum­mas’ daugh­ter hug­ging him at Na­jib’s res­i­dence yes­ter­day.

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