KUALA LUMPUR: Chin Pek Nyuen (pic), the wife of kidnapped fish breeder Chan Sai Chiun, is desperate. She has only raised RM100,000 of the RM3mil ransom demanded by his captors.
She fears for her husband’s life as the Nov 30 deadline to hand over the ransom is near. The kidnappers, Abu Sayyaf members holed up in the southern Philippines, have threatened to send his head to her if she does not pay up.
Chin, 42, pooled the money from friends and family but said it was impossible for her to raise the sum demanded within the next couple of weeks.
In desperation, she went to Parliament House yesterday to ask for help from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Her letter of appeal was received by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
“My husband has been held for five months now,” she told reporters at Parliament lobby.
“The captors have given me a notice saying if I don’t settle the payment by this month, they will send my husband’s head to me,” she said.
“They attacked my house. They wanted to take me away as well but my husband stopped them. He told the men that he would follow them as long as they left me alone.”
Two days later, the captors called and demanded RM15mil to free the 32-year-old. After negotiations, the amount was reduced to RM3mil.
Now, the kidnappers were getting impatient, Chin said.
“They said it had been long enough. They don’t want to wait any longer. They told me they will surely kill my husband.
“They said they are Suluk and they are not afraid,” she said, adding that the kidnappers had been calling her every few days.
Chin said her monthly income was RM1,000 and that the fish farm she started with her husband had only just been set up.
Shahidan told reporters that Malaysian security forces were working hard to secure Chan’s release.