Sabah resort kidnap: China urges for all-out rescue of its citizen

Sabah resort kidnap: China urges for all-out rescue of its citizen
Above, inset: Hotel guests scramble for cover on Wednesday night after hearing gun shots at their resort in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

PETALING JAYA - China has urged Malaysian police to rescue one of its citizens who was kidnapped from a resort of Semporna in Sabah on Wednesday.

"We sent relevant staff to the site and ask the local police to make an all-out rescue effort while ensuring the security of Chinese citizens and taking effective measures to safeguard the security of Chinese tourists," AFP reported Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei as telling reporters.

 

He said China would "follow this incident closely".

Gao Huayuan, 29, from Shanghai, was taken along with Filipina hotel employee Marcy Dayawan, 40, in a raid by about six gunmen at around 10:30pm Wednesday.

The raid occurred at the Singamata Reef Resort near the town of Semporna on Borneo island. The women were reportedly taken away in a boat.

Sabah's east coast is known for its natural attractions such as world-class scuba diving but also for recurring kidnappings blamed on bandits from the Muslim southern Philippines.

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