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Freed Malaysian Hostages Arrive In Sarawak

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SIBU: The four Sarawakian sailors who were abducted and later released by their Abu Sayyaf captors have arrived home.

“We are all very tired now. Let us settle down first. We will hold a press conference at 10am tomorrow,” said Wong Chie Ming, the father of the two brothers and Tommy Lau, the brother of Johnny to reporters at the residence after their arrival here.

The four – Teck Kang, 31, Teck Chii 29, Wong Hung Ding, 34 and Johnny Lau Jung Hieng, 21 – were abducted from their MV Massive 6 tugboat by armed masked men on April 1 while in Sabah waters. They were released last week.

The Maswings flight carrying them home from Kota Kinabalu touched down here at 9.45am on Tuesday.

The four appeared tired but well.

They were quickly whisked to waiting cars and left the airport.

Family members of the four had arrived at the airport as early as 7.40am.

Brief traditional Chinese ceremonies were held at their respective homes to welcome them.

Teck Kang’s wife, Le Thi Thunh Thuy, 27, said she was extremely happy now that her husband had returned after more than two months.

“Am happy that he is finally home. Thank you all (reporters) for highlighting the case,” she said.

The father of Hung Sing, Wong Si Thong, 59, said that except for light beatings by his captor’s, his son looked healthy.

“He has not taken a bath for two months now,” he said.

Si Thong said he would advise his son to stop being a sailor now.

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