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Published: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 3:51:21 PM

Wife's Hari Raya wish is for the safe return of hubby

SEMPORNA: Hugging her four-month-old son Muhammad Hisham, Sharifah Erna Berson shed tears as she talked about her husband, who is now in the hands of Filipino gunmen.

Wiping her eyes, the 25-year-old housewife said: “Harapan saya ialah dia akan selamat pulang (my hope is for his safe return).”

Sharifah Erna was referring to her husband Kons Zakiah Aleip (pic), who was abducted after gunmen attacked a marine police unit at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort late Saturday.

Cons Zakia Alip who missing and believed to be abducted by the gunmen during the incident at Mabul Water Bungalow Resort in Semporna yesterday. (July 13)NORMIMIE DIUN/The Star

Fellow marine police personnel Kpl Abdul Rajah Jamuan was killed in the incident that has once again put into focus security threats in Sabah’s east coast.

Sharifah Erna, who hails from the east coast Kunak district, married Kons Zakiah, a native of Tenghilan – about 60km north of Kota Kinabalu – about a year ago. She described Kons Zakiah as a loving husband who loved to spend time with their son when he was off duty.

Kons Zakiah, who joined the police force in 2010, is a radar plotter on the marine police craft. He was having a meal at the restaurant when they were attacked.

Two other marine police personnel were on “anchor watch” to guard the vessel deployed to the resort.

Kons Zakiah was serving in Penang prior to being deployed to Sabah exactly a year ago.

Tags / Keywords: Nation, Courts Crime, Mabul attack, Mabul island, Pulau Mabul, Mabul Water Bungalows Resort


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