Family of shooting victim arrive in Malaysia to claim body, assist police

Family of shooting victim arrive in Malaysia to claim body, assist police

TAIPEI - Family members of a Taiwanese man who was killed in Malaysia last week arrived in Sabah yesterday to claim his body and to assist Malaysian authorities in the hope of rescuing the victim's wife from kidnappers.

Chang An-wei (張安薇), 58, was reportedly taken away by several gunmen on Friday while on vacation on Pom Pom Island off the east coast of Sabah.

Her 57-year-old husband, Hsu Li-min (許立民), was found dead after having been shot in the chest. Officials in Taiwan believe Chang is still alive.

Chang's brother Chang Ta-kung (張大功) and three of Hsu's relatives departed from Taoyuan International Airport yesterday morning to claim Hsu's body.

The group later arrived in Sabah's capital city of Kota Kinabalu around noon yesterday before traveling on to the east coast town of Tawau, where Hsu's body is being kept in a hospital morgue.

They are expected to help local police with their investigation and wait for news about Chang.

Chang's kidnappers are reportedly based on an island along the Malaysian-Philippine maritime border and are said to have made a demand for ransom. Chang Ta-kung refused to comment if they brought ransom with them during their trip to Sabah at the Taoyuan International Airport yesterday upon their departure.

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