China presses M'sia to rescue abducted Chinese tourists

China presses M'sia to rescue abducted Chinese tourists
A photo shared online shows tourists crouching on the floor at the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island in the state of Sabah during the raid by seven gunmen in uniforms with rifles and bulletproof vests. A Chinese and a Filipina were allegedly kidnapped by the gunmen on the night of 2 April 2014 from the resort.

It is a tough time for Malaysia, which is reeling from one major disaster after another.

Even as a multinational force continues its search for the missing MH370 flight in the southern Indian Ocean, news of a kidnapping in a resort in the state of Sabah has added to Malaysia's woes.

The passengers aboard the ill-fated flight were mostly Chinese, and one of the two abducted in Sabah is also Chinese. The other is a Filipina.

Both were allegedly kidnapped by about seven gunmen on Wednesday night from the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island.

Ms Gao Huayuan, 29, a tourist from Shanghai, was taken away with hotel employee Marcy Dayawan, 40, in a boat, AFP reported.

Ms Gao had arrived on Wednesday with two other friends for a diving course.

China yesterday pressed Malaysia to rescue her, as the kidnapping threatens to further strain relations already tested by the MH370 crisis.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said the attack could be an attempt to stir up more trouble between China and Malaysia. He did not elaborate.

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