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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.

On The Beat

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.

One Man's Meat

Where gunmen are never sighted

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

The Star Says

Ensure Paradise does not become Paradise Lost

THE pristine island resorts off Sabah are a heavenly sight to behold. Paradise does exist in the Land Below the Wind.

One Man's Meat

Life goes on in Pom Pom

Despite the recent shooting and kidnapping at the island resort, Taiwanese tourists are still making their way there, seemingly unconcerned over what happened.


Families yet to report calls for ransom, says police chief

KOTA KINABALU: Police are puzzled by the reluctance of the families of the two Malaysians kidnapped in Sandakan on May 14 to report calls for ransom from the Abu Sayyaf gunmen holding them.


There’ll be fraudsters, families of kidnap victims told

KOTA KINABALU: The wife of a former hostage is advising the families of the latest kidnap victims in Sandakan not to be taken in by false promises from people claiming they can help.


Marwan believed killed in gunbattle

KUALA LUMPUR: Is South-East Asia’s most wanted terrorist Zulkifli Abdul Hir dead?


Sandakan kidnapping: Three calls to victims' families

KOTA KINABALU: At least three calls were made the past week to the families of two Malaysians kidnapped by gunmen at a seafood restaurant in Sandakan.


Leader behind Semporna attack and resort kidnapping captured

KOTA KINABALU: Filipino security forces have captured the leader behind the infamous 1996 attack on Semporna town and the 2004 kidnapping of a China national from a resort.