Let us be the last victims of abduction, say trio
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.