Housewife at wit's end as deadline for ransom nears

Housewife at wit's end as deadline for ransom nears
At a loss

KOTA KINABALU - Housewife Chin Pek Nyen is at her wit's end as the clock ticks towards Nov 30 - the deadline the Abu Sayyaf has set for a RM3mil (S$1.16mil) ransom for her husband's release.

Despite a campaign seeking donations, Chin, 42, barely raised 15 per cent of the amount needed.

"I don't know what to do anymore," she said.

"There is also no sign of the Philip­pine troops rescuing my husband," said Chin, whose husband Chan Sai Chiun, 32, was grabbed by Filipino gunmen from their fish farm in Kunak on June 16.

The Jolo-based Abu Sayyaf militants, who have threatened to behead Chan, have been constantly calling her about the money.

They have also not allowed Chan to talk to her since July.

"Some people tell me they just want the money. I hope nothing happens to him," she said.

Earlier this month, Chin made a trip to Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur where she gave a press conferences, seeking help to free her husband.

"Tell me what else should I do? Wait? How much longer can I wait?"

Chin said the kidnappers were not willing to reduce the ransom amount.

Malaysia is trying through intermediaries to secure the release of Chan and police constable Zakiah Aleip, 26, from the gunmen who were holding them in separate locations in Jolo.

Zakiah was grabbed by the gunmen from Mabul island on July 12.

His abductors have made calls to his colleagues, demanding a ransom of RM3mil.

Zakiahs wife, Sharifah Erna Berson, 23, said she had not spoken to Zakiah for several months as most of the communication were between the kidnappers and policemen here.

"I don't get to talk to him," she said.

She added that she hoped to reunite with her husband soon.

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