PETALING JAYA - The families of two Malaysians held hostage in Jolo are moved by a petition from a group of Malaysians aimed at securing their release.
The online petition was to highlight the plight of Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, and Bernard Then Ted Fun, 39, kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants from a seafood restaurant near Sandakan in May.
"I am so touched by their care and concern. I don't even know some in the group," Thien's wife, Chan Wai See said.
Chan appealed to the Malaysian Government to do everything possible to bring back both hostages who are being held in the southern Philippines.
The "Bring Our Malaysian Hostages Home" plea has chalked up 8,000 signatures since it was created on Tuesday.
The petition reads: "We plead with the Government of Malaysia to speed up the process of securing the release of our fellowMalaysians, and bring them home safely as soon as possible.
"We hope to achieve our target of 100,000 signatures for our petition to be handed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, with the hope that his personal intervention will expedite the process of securing the freedom of both hostages."
Last month, Chan received a call from the kidnappers who threatened to behead her husband if the ransom was not paid.
Both families are having sleepless nights amid recent reports of beheadings and military raids there.
The Abu Sayyaf beheaded a Filipino village chief on Aug 11 after his family failed to come up with the one million pesos (RM91,220) ransom.
The village chief was kidnapped on May 4 along with two coast guards.
Go to ipetitions and bring our Malaysian hostage home.