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KOTA KINABALU: Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar wants the Philippines to be more serious in tackling cross border kidnap for ransom gangs following the latest kidnapping of two Malaysians.

“Philippines must take drastic action to prevent the criminals from continuing to victimise Malaysians and tourists in the east coast of Sabah,” Khalid said after the posthumous promotion of the late Kpl Razkan Seran who was killed in a helicopter crash in Semenyih on April 4.

He said the government should also review trade with the Philippines and choose between economy and security.

“Maybe then it would force the Philippines government to take drastic and more stern actions against these illegal groups or kidnap for ransom gangs or whatever they call themselves,” he said.

“The Government needs to choose between the security of the people and economy or fostering trade relation with that nation,” he stressed.

Khalid said although many people would disagree with him, it was high time something concrete was done to stop more cross border crime from occurring.

He said more discussions and brainstorming with the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and security forces would be conducted to tackle security issues in the east coast.

“We are still not happy with the level of security in the state as kidnappings and other cross border crime still occur after so many years,” he explained.

In latest incident, restaurant manager Thien Nyuk Fun, 50 and a Sarawakian tourist Bernard Then Ted Fen, 39, were grabbed by gunmen from a seaside seafood restaurant on mainland Sandakan on May 14.

The two have been taken to the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Jolo island in southern Philippines, about eight hours high speed boat ride from Sandakan.

The victims are reportedly unharmed and their captors are making calls to families to negotiate the ransom for their safe release.-The Star

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