KOTA KINABALU - Freed hostage Chan Sai Chuin is keeping a low profile as efforts continue to secure the release of marine policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip, who is being held by the notorious Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Jolo.
The 32-year-old Chan has been with his wife Chin Pek Nyen, 42, on his return to Sandakan on Wednesday after his release by the gunmen at their hideout in Jolo late Tuesday.
However, the couple are staying out of the media glare as it is understood they have been asked to keep silent for the moment so as not to jeopardise efforts to secure the rescue of 23-year-old Kons Zakiah, who was grabbed from Pulau Mabul in Semporna on July 12.
Senior police officials including Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman have remained tight-lipped over events leading to the rescue of Chan while Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar only confirmed the rescue.
It is also understood that crime investigators in Sandakan were debriefing Chan, who was unharmed and healthy although he lost weight during his 177 days of captivity.
Chin, his feisty wife who held press conferences and even went to Parliament to seek help from lawmakers to secure her husband's freedom after they threatened to behead Chan, was not answering her calls yesterday.
Meanwhile, family members said the couple, who are originally from Ipoh, might take a holiday in the peninsula.
The couple, who do not have any children, opened the fish farm a few months before the June kidnapping.