Saturday, August 23, 2014

Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Muktadil Brothers Suspected in Tawi Tawi Abductions

According to The New Strait Times, Malaysian police have identified key suspects in the recent spate of kidnapping and murders in the state of Sabah.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abd Rahman said brothers Nilson Muktadil and Badon Muktadil were part of the southern Philippines Tawi Tawi island-based kidnap-for-ransom group that made forays into the east coast region.
Nilson was believed to be involved in the April 2 kidnapping of Chinese tourist Gao Huayun and Filipino worker Marcy Darawan from the Singamata Reef Resort, Jalaluddin said.
COMMENT: Malaysian police seem to forget that regional kidnappings are elusive until such time as arrests are made, which is why I continue to urge that Malaysian and the Philippines work in joint teams rather than one blaming the other.
"The brothers are believed to have been involved in four abductions, with the last involving the shooting dead of a marine policeman and kidnapping of another policeman on July 12. 
Jalaluddin's disclosure comes three days after police launched a massive hunt for three intruders in Semporna waters after they evaded marine police.
Authorities have arrested 103 illegal immigrants from three islands.