Semporna resort kidnap: Sabah will not close island resorts, says Musa

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman says that Sabah has no plans to close resorts on “remote” islands in the wake of last Wednesday’s abduction of a Chinese tourist and a Filipina worker from a resort off Semporna.

Musa was responding to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar’s statements last Friday that the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) should not be blamed for the incident and that it would be better for resorts on remote islands to be closed.

“We will not close the island resorts. I will tell Wan Junaidi that,” Musa said on Tuesday.

Wan Junaidi was quoted last Friday as saying: “If it were up to me, I would say these resorts on small, isolated islands should be closed. No one can guarantee the safety of these places when they are situated far off the coast. The police and military can’t be there all the time.”

Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, 29, and Filipino worker Marcy Dayawan @ Mimi, 40, were abducted from the Singamata Reef Resort off Semporna last Wednesday by seven Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen just two days after Esscom observed its first anniversary.