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15 GOF personnel guarding Kunak fish farm

Published on: Friday, August 15, 2014

Kunak: Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has despatched some 15 General Operations Force (GOF) personnel to safeguard a fish farm, Darvel Bay Aquaculture Sdn Bhd, at Kg Air Sapang, about 16km from the township here.

One of the fish farm owners, Chan Sai Chiun, 32, from Perak was kidnapped from the farm together with his employee identified as Maslan who later jumped from the boat to escape the kidnappers on June 16.

Prior to this, five armed men abducted a 34-year-old Chinese national manager of a caged fish breeding company at Pulau Baik, off Lahad Datu, on May 6 this year.

Confirming this, another business partner of Darvel Bay, Khoo Mun Huah, said the 15 GOF personnel were sent to guard the fish farm here so as to prevent a recurrence of kidnapping incidents and to ensure business operations at the farm run smoothly.

"There is nothing I can do as the GOF personnel were sent by the Esscom to safeguard the fish farm, especially during the 12-hour curfew.

"Chan's wife is at the fish farm to ensure operations of the company return to normalcy," said Khoo, who is also MCA Silam Division Vice Chairman, to Daily Express when contacted Thursday.

On Thursday, Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu said in a statement that there are some 15 police personnel standing guard in the fish farm now to protect and cover the area.

He said Khoo and other business partners are very pleased that the police are providing all the necessary protection so that the work at the farm can be continued without fear and worry.

"I thank the police for safeguarding the fish farm and I know it is not an easy task due to the vast coastline that need to be covered.

"However, I do hope the police will step up and continue to work towards an early release of the kidnapped victims," Hiew said. He said this during his East Coast visit to the MCA divisions and the fish farm here. He was briefed by Khoo and the Kunak district officials about the kidnapping and security issues.

Hiew also met Chan's wife, Chin Paek Nyuen, who expressed her deep concern on the whereabouts of her husband, his wellbeing, safety and health condition.

"The kidnapping of the Malaysian businessman Chan from the fish farm has been two months now without any sign of his release and safe return home to the family.

"The MCA members here will assist in whatever way they can to work for early release of the kidnapped victim to allow Chan to unite with his family," he said.

Hiew said he has briefed MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and that the latter has promised to do what he can to assist.

He said he will return to Kunak to observe the latest development and hoped Esscom will continue to upgrade and tighten security on the East Coast.

"Our people and tourists must be protected at all timed and at all cost," Hiew said.