Mum leaves Gao's luggage untouched in bedroom

Mum leaves Gao's luggage untouched in bedroom
Gao Huayuan, a tourist from Shanghai, was one of two people kidnapped after seven gunmen stormed the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island in the state of Sabah on 2 April 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR- The mother of Chinese national Gao Huayun has been keeping her daughter's luggage in her house in Shanghai while she was in captivity in Jolo.

Gao's bags were brought back by another Chinese national, who had shared a room at the Singamata Reef resort in Semporna with Gao during the incident on April 2, reported the Oriental Morning Post yesterday.

Gao's mother, who only wanted to be known as Yan, said she did not open the bags, which were left in a corner of a room.

She did not want to touch them until her daughter returns.

Yan and her husband said they were relieved and happy to hear her voice over the phone on Saturday.

"Huayun called at around noon to inform us that she was safe and now at the China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

"She asked us not to worry, and told us that she needed to stay in Malaysia for a while to assist the investigations by Malaysian police."

Yan also revealed that the family had kept the news of Gao's kidnapping from her grandparents, who are in their 80s.

"We told them Huayun is working outstation," she added.

During the interview, the couple expressed their thanks to everyone who had helped their daughter.

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