Semporna kidnap: Business as usual at Pom Pom resort

Semporna kidnap: Business as usual at Pom Pom resort

SEMPORNA - It is business as usual for the high-end Pom Pom Island Resort where a Taiwanese tourist was shot dead and his wife kidnapped by Filipino gunmen.

On Saturday morning, foreign tourists including Taiwanese were seen arriving at this east coast town after landing at Tawau airport.

More than a dozen were seen boarding the resort's tour coach and appeared unaware of the shooting and kidnapping incident at about 1am on Friday.

However, tour agents associated with the resort shrugged off the gunmen's raid on the island.

"There are murders happening everyday in Kuala Lumpur. Do people stop going there?," he said.

When contacted a resort tour agent said they had two garden villa rooms available for the night at RM650 (S$252) per person.

On Friday, the serenity of the Pom Pom Island Resort, a 45-minute boat ride from Semporna, Sabah, however, was shattered by gunshots.

Unidentified armed men, who raided three of the five water villas at about 1am, killed Hsu Li Min, 57, and abducted his wife Chang An Wei, 58.

A massive sea and air search has been launched to locate the woman and the gunmen.

Hsu and Chang had checked into the resort Tuesday and were scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

The resort, located a kilometre away from a General Operations Force (GOF) base, is about a 30-minute boat ride away from international waters bordering Tawi Tawi islands off the Philippines.

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