Still waiting: Chin, seen here cradling her niece, is hoping for her husband's safe release.
KOTA KINABALU: For the last 55 days since her husband was snatched by Filipino gunmen, Chin Pek Nyen has stuck to her daily routine of feeding the fishes at their farm.
Tears have run out for Chin since June 16 night when gunmen stormed into their fish farm in Sabah’s eastern Kunak waters and took away Chai Sai Chuin, 32.
Both Chin and their two-year-old daughter hid in their room.
“I make sure that the fish are fed and looked after. It is the only thing that I can do now besides praying for his safe return,” said Chin.
“To survive this, I have to be strong and I don’t want to shed any more tears as I know this will only make me weaker,” she added.
Chin credited the support and help from her husband’s partners in helping her with the farm work.
“Without them, I don’t think that I would be able to keep as calm and strong,” she said, declining to say if there was any ransom demand for Chai.
The fish farm opened a few months before Chai’s abduction. The couple had just relocated from Ipoh in April.
Despite praying for her husband’s safe release, Chin said there was little else she could do.
“I hope somebody can secure his freedom,” said Chin. “I hope that both our Government and the Philippines authorities can do something to secure his release.”
Chin said although she knew her husband was safe and well-treated by his captors, she could not help but worry and wonder if she would ever see him again.
“It’s been almost two months now and it seems like there are no new updates,” she said. “Help me bring my husband home, please.”
Chai is believed to be held by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines island of Jolo, who initially demanded RM12mil for his freedom although reports indicated that the amount had since been reduced to between RM3mil and RM5mil.
Another group of Abu Sayyaf gunmen is currently holding marine police constable Zakiah Aleip, 26, who was snatched from a resort in Mabul island in Semporna on July 12. In that incident, they killed Zakiah’s colleague Kpl Ab Rajah Jamuan, 32.
Intermediaries have yet to make any headway in securing Zakiah’s release.