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No Need To Find Out Where RM12 Million Went – IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need to set up an inquiry to look into where the RM12mil raised by the families of the freed Sarawakian hostages went, says Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police was speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday at Bukit Aman after handing out Hari Raya goodies to police personnel.

“I have already explained before that the police had nothing to do it,” he said.

The four Malaysian sailors, who were kidnapped off Sabah’s coast on April 1 by Abu Sayyaf militants, were working on a tugboat returning to Sarawak from the Philippines at that time.

It was reported that RM9mil was raised through donations by individuals; RM1mil came from the mortgage made on properties and RM2mil came from the shipping company in which the four men worked.

However, their families came under pressure over the whereabouts of the donations that they collected after police said that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had explained recently that the money was channelled to certain organisations in the Philippines “to assist in their struggle that is in accordance with the law and Islamic principles”. – The Star

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