Malaysia calls for Philippines to help cut Sabah border crime

Malaysia calls for Philippines to help cut Sabah border crime

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Malaysian security officials want their Philippine counterparts to play their part to curb transborder crimes along Sabah's east coast, notably kidnappings.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said enforcement on borders separating southern Philippines and Sabah's east coast was needed to curb criminal activities.

He said cross-border crimes in Sabah's east coast had been problem for about 50 years and the current approach to prevent criminals from entering Malaysian waters was not enough.

"These criminals are intruding into our territory. They have to be prevented from crossing their side of the border illegally," he said after witnessing the passing out parade of auxiliary policemen at the state police headquarters here.

Asked on the actions by the Philippine security forces to locate and rescue Malay­sians Thien Nyuk Fun and Bernard Then Ted Fen who were kidnapped from a Sandakan seafood restaurant on May 14, Jalaluddin said: "I cannot answer that."

On the killing of one of the notorious Muktadir brothers involved in the daring grab of the Malaysians, he said this would not ease the kidnap threat.

"There are others out there," he said.

Philippines police on Wednesday shot dead Mindas Manda Muktadir at a market in the southern Philippine island of Jolo where Thien and Bernard had been taken to.

Jalaluddin said at least three calls had been made to Thien and Bernard's family over the past week, including a demand for money to buy medicine and food for Thien, who is diabetic, and Then.

He said the gunmen claiming to be holding the two captives had also demanded money for their release.

"Yes, ransom demands have been made by the kidnappers but I cannot disclose the amount," he said.

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