KOTA KINABALU,: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Philippine police will collaborate to ensure that DNA tests are duly carried out on the remains believed to be those of Bernard Then Ted Fen’s.
The electrical engineer from Sarawak was reported to have been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Indanan, Jolo, southern Philippines on Tuesday.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said DNA samples would be obtained from the victim’s family to be sent to the Philippines for profiling.
The remains found by Philippine authorities are being kept at a hospital.
“As what we have acknowledged, a body was found at Indanan, Jolo yesterday. So we will identify through DNA whether or not it is really Bernard Then’s,” he told reporters.
He said this after presenting the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara to 155 PDRM special branch officers and personnel who had served in Sabah’s east coast during the militant intrusion in Tanduo, Lahad Datu in 2013.
Present at the function held at Tabung Haji Hotel was Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman.
Khalid said Philippine authorities found the head and buried torso of a man at two different locations.
“So we want to confirm it scientifically and officially. Let it be official. What we only know is that a clash occurred between the Philippine authorities and the victim’s captors and other Abu Sayyaf groups.
“So you can imagine the things that could have happened at the time. In the confusion, some were said to have been shot dead and immediately buried.
The IGP said, should the DNA tests prove the remains to be Then’s, the Malaysian authorities would arrange for them to be transported to Kuala Lumpur, although it may first be brought to Manila.
Bernard Then, 39, and Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, were abducted by four armed men from Ocean King Restaurant in Sandakan on May 14 around 7.45 pm.
On Nov 8, Thien who is also the restaurant’s manager was freed by the captors and has since returned to Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Khalid said he would be heading to Manila to meet his Philippine counterpart regarding the next course of action by both sides following Bernard Then’s murder.