Sabah abductions since 2000: A timeline

File picture showing Sabah Police Chief Datuk Hamza Taib (right) and Sabah Head of Criminal Investigation SAC Omar Mamah showing photos of the location of an abduction in Lahad Datu, May 6, 2014. — Bernama pic
File picture showing Sabah Police Chief Datuk Hamza Taib (right) and Sabah Head of Criminal Investigation SAC Omar Mamah showing photos of the location of an abduction in Lahad Datu, May 6, 2014. — Bernama pic

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 19 — The following is a list of abductions in Sabah in over a decade before the formation of the Sabah Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) and since its establishment in 2013

2000

April 23 — 21 hostages — 10 tourists and 11 resort staff kidnapped from Sipadan island. All 21 released.

Sept 11 — 3 Malaysians kidnapped from Pandanan Island. Hostages rescued a month later.

2003

Oct 5 — 3 Indonesians and 3 Filipinos from Borneo Paradise Eco Resort Farm were abducted — One later died, one was rescued and the remaining released.

2004

April 11 — East Ocean tugboat near the Sabah border, raided and took its Indonesian skipper and 2 Sarawakians. Later reported dead.  

2005

March 30  —3 Indonesian from Bonggaya 91 tugboat taken, near Mataking Island,  Semporna. All were released.

2010

Feb 8— 2 Malaysians employed at a seaweed farm in Pulau Sebangkat, Semporna taken. Released after 10 months.

2012

Nov 14 — Cousins Tung Wee Jie and Wee Wei kidnapped from their bird’s nest farm near Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu. Wee Jie escapes after 9 months. Wee Wei died in captivity.

2013

Feb 11 — Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu attacked by 200 armed insurgents from Sulu Sultanate. 56 militants, 10 Malaysian security forces were later killed in shootouts.

March 1 —ESSCOM was formed to coordinate security operations and intelligence gathering to protect Sabah’s east coast from external threats.

Nov 15   — Taiwanese Chang An Wei abducted and her husband Li Min Hsu killed at Pom Pom island resort. Chang was freed after 36 days.

2014

April 2, — Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, and Filipino hotel worker Marcy Dayawan  taken from the Singgahmata Reef Resort near Semporna. Both released after 2 months.

May 6 — Chinese national Yang Zailin taken from a fish farm in Pulau Baik, Lahad Datu. He was rescued 63 days later.

June 16 — Malaysian Chan Sai Chuin kidnapped from a fish farm at Kampung Sapang in Kunak.  Hostage released after six months.

July 12 — Marine Police Ab Rajah Jamuan was shot dead while colleague Kons Zakiah Aleip was abducted while on duty at on Mabul island. Zakiah was released after 8 months.

July 19 — Esscom imposes sea curfew from 6pm to 6am. Curfew was later extended and changed to 7pm to 5am.

2015

May 14  — Restaurant manager Thien Nyuk Fun and patron Bernard Then  kidnapped from Sandakan seafood restaurant. Thien was released after 6 months but Then was beheaded.

2016

26 March — Brahma 12 tugboat hijacked and 10 Indonesian crew taken. All were later released.

April 1  — 4 Sarawakian Malaysians on the MV Masfive 6 tugboat en route from Manila to Tawau, abducted near Ligitan island in Sabah. All were released 3 months later.

July 9 —  3 Indonesians — Lorence Kotten,Teodorus Kopong and Emanuel Arakian abducted from a Malaysian fishing boat off Sinakut, Lahad Datu. Released after two months.

July 18 — Five Malaysian sailors Tayuddin Anjut, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail,  Fandy Bakran, Mohd Zumadil Rahim and Abd Rahim Summas were kidnapped near Dent Haven, Lahad Datu, Still in captivity.

Aug 3 — Harman Mangga 30, the Indonesian skipper of a fishing trawler was taken. Fate unknown.

Sept 10 — Filipino refugees Loloi Alpin, 30; Sami and Masurin, were taken off Pulau Pom Pom while fishing. Still in captivity.  

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