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Wife desperate for RM3mil ransom money as Abu Sayyaf’s beheading deadline looms

KOTA KINABALU: As the patience of Abu Sayyaf militants runs thin with no sign that their RM3mil ransom demand will be met and a threat to behead fish breeder Chan Sai Chuin this month, his wife is getting desperate to secure his release.

Wife of kidnapped fish breeder appeals to PM for assistance in his release

KUALA LUMPUR: Facing the impossible odds of raising RM3mil in ransom for the life of her husband, the desperate wife of kidnapped fish breeder Chan Sai Chiun is appealing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for assistance.

Kidnappers extend fish farm operator’s ransom deadline by 20 days

KOTA KINABALU: Kunak fish farm operator Chan Sai Chuin has been given a 20-day respite by his Abu Sayyaf captors who have threatened to behead him by today if a RM3mil ransom is not paid up.

Security forces nab notorious Nikson Muktadir

EXCLUSIVE: Police have made a breakthrough with the arrest of Nikson Muktadir, one of the five Filipino brothers wanted for the spate of cross-border kidnappings in Sabah in the past year. He was bagged after police intercepted a boat off Semporna for violating a dusk to dawn sea curfew.

Philippines calls one-month ceasefire with Maoists for Xmas, Pope

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has suspended army operations against Maoist guerrillas for a month to mark Christmas and a visit by Pope Francis, the head of the military said on Monday.

Negotiations with Abu Sayyaf to free cop stall

KOTA KINABALU: Negotiations to secure the release of marine policeman Konst Zakiah Aleip are stalling as Abu Sayyaf gunmen are demanding too high a ransom.

Dusk-to-dawn sea curfew in Sabah’s east coast extended again

KOTA KINABALU: The dusk-to-dawn sea curfew in Sabah east coast has been extended for another two weeks to boost continuing efforts to curb cross-border criminal activities.

Esscom to hold another census

SEMPORNA: Another census on the Palau people or sea gypsies of Semporna will be done in August amid allegations they act as the “eyes and ears” of cross border criminals, such as kidnappers.

Horror of a botched rescue

There are lessons to be learnt from the recent hostage situation in Manila in terms of crisis management and for the tourism industry.

Where gunmen are never sighted

On land at least, there is living proof that claims that Lahad Datu is not safe are vastly exaggerated.