Let us be the last vic­tims of ab­duc­tion, say trio

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: “We hope we will be the last (peo­ple to ever be) ab­ducted by the Abu Sayyaf.”

These were the words of Fandy Bakran, 27, Mo­ham­mad Ju­madil Rahim, 23, and Mohd Ridzuan Is­mail, 33, who were res­cued by Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces on Sun­day.

“We hope we will be the last. We wish to join the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency to pro­tect our wa­ters,” they said at Na­jib’s res­i­dence in Ta­man Duta here.

Fandy said they did not want other Malaysians to ex­pe­ri­ence what they went through.

“We were threat­ened with guns every day. There were more than 20 of them guard­ing us, so we dared not es­cape.

“I was lucky that I did not fall sick,” he said.

Fandy, Ju­madil and Ridzuan were re­u­nited with their fam­i­lies yes­ter­day af­ter ar­riv­ing from the Philip­pines on Wed­nes­day night.

Fandy’s mother, Has­mia La­hapi, said she could not put the sad­ness she ex­pe­ri­enced into words.

“It was dou­ble jeop­ardy for our fam­ily. Ten days af­ter we found out about Fandy’s ab­duc­tion, a fire de­stroyed our home in Tawau.

“I could not sleep every night think­ing about my son.

“Sud­denly, our home was de­stroyed and we had to stay with our rel­a­tives.

“De­spite that, I am grate­ful that my son is back,” she said.

Ju­madil said: “Our minds went blank when we were wo­ken up by a group of masked-men point­ing their guns at us.”

“They asked us to hand over our phones be­fore or­der­ing us onto a speed­boat.

“It was 8.45am when it hap­pened. We ar­rived at the first is­land at 2pm, and af­ter Maghrib, and we were moved to an un­known is­land.”

Ju­madil said he was beaten by the kid­nap­pers a few times.

He said they were asleep when their cap­tors handed them over to the Philip­pine army.

He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Malaysian and Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces, as well as Malaysians who had prayed for their safety.

Ridzuan said it felt like a dream to be re­u­nited with his wife and daugh­ters.

The fa­ther-of-three, who was trau­ma­tised, was in­sep­a­ra­ble from his fam­ily mem­bers at Na­jib’s res­i­dence yes­ter­day.

“I missed my fam­ily and prayed every day, hop­ing that some­one would res­cue us.

“I am sick. I can’t say much be­cause I’m trau­ma­tised.”

Ridzuan was seen car­ry­ing his 6-year-old daugh­ter Nori­dawati, who has a learn­ing dis­abil­ity, at the press con­fer­ence, while his wife Hariyanti Ham­sih, 31, car­ried their 11-month-old daugh­ter Nur Ami­rah Na­suha.

He said he would be proud to be part of the MMEA to over­see se­cu­rity in the wa­ters off Sabah’s east coast.

“If they of­fer me the op­por­tu­nity, I will ac­cept it so I can help keep the peace. Let the five of us be the last vic­tims of this (ab­duc­tion).”


(From left) Mo­ham­mad Ju­madil Rahim, 23, Fandy Bakran, 27, and Mohd Ridzuan Is­mail, 33, at Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s res­i­dence in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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