Miss­ing fish­er­men: Still too early to say what hap­pened – CP

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE - By El­ton Gomes

KOTA KINABALU: In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the re­cent dis­ap­pear­ance of a boat skip­per and his crew­men in the wa­ters at Pe­ga­sus Reef, off Kin­abatan­gan, is un­clear as po­lice are still try­ing to piece the puz­zle as to what ac­tu­ally hap­pened to them.

Sabah Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Datuk Omar Mammah said po­lice were ear­lier in­formed that four men, in­clud­ing the boat skip­per, have gone miss­ing but now it is claimed that only three men are re­ported miss­ing.

“We are still gath­er­ing as much in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this case. It is still too early to say what ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

“There were ru­mours claim­ing that four men were kid­napped and taken to a neigh­bour­ing coun­try, but we have not re­ceived any re­port from ei­ther the vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers or those re­spon­si­ble.

“We were also now in­formed that three men, not four, have gone miss­ing.

“So it is un­clear what ac­tu­ally hap­pened or how many vic­tims have gone miss­ing,” he said.

Omar said this when met at the go­tong-roy­ong pro­gram or­gan­ised by the Po­lice Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion (Perkep) and the Royal Malaysian Po­lice (PDRM) at Ta­man Awam, Teluk Likas, here yes­ter­day.

Also present at the pro­gram were Omar’s wife and Sabah Perkep chair­man Datin Diana Lee Den­nis Ab­dul­lah, po­lice of­fi­cers, per­son­nel Perkep mem­bers and other NGOs.

The dis­ap­pear­ance of the boat skip­per and his crew­men were re­ported fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of an aban­doned fish­ing ves­sel in the wa­ters at Pe­ga­sus Reef, off Kin­abatan­gan not far from the Mag­trans II tug­boat in­ci­dent where four armed masked men at­tempted to rob and kidnap 13 of the tug­boat crew­men who were on their way to Pa­pua New Guinea from Bin­tulu, Sarawak to col­lect tim­ber on De­cem­ber 5.

Ac­cord­ing to Omar, in­for­ma­tion that po­lice re­ceived re­gard­ing the miss­ing fish­er­men kept chang­ing which makes it dif­fi­cult for po­lice to carry out their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Last night (Fri­day) we re­ceived ru­mours claim­ing that one of the vic­tims’ fam­ily had re­ceived phone calls from the so­called sus­pects, but when po­lice went to in­ter­view the wife, she de­nied re­ceiv­ing any calls from any­one who claimed to be hold­ing her hus­band or the other crew­men hostage.

“So with­out any con­crete facts, we can’t tell what ac­tu­ally hap­pened,” he said, adding that po­lice for now are clas­si­fy­ing the case as miss­ing per­son.

Omar (cen­tre) with his wife Diana Lee Den­nis, po­lice of­fi­cers, per­son­nel, Perkep mem­bers and NGOs dur­ing the go­tong-roy­ong pro­gram at Ta­man Awam, Teluk Likas yes­ter­day.

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