Semporna kidnap: Chang's family faces crisis with optimism

Semporna kidnap: Chang's family faces crisis with optimism

PETALING JAYA - Family members of Chang An Wei, who suffers from a congenital immune disorder, are worried about her health but are putting on a brave front and facing her abduction with optimism.

Her brother Da Gong, who is scheduled to arrive in Kota Kinabalu tomorrow, said he would bring medication for An Wei.

"In case the abductors make contact with us, I will request them to bring the medication to my sister," he said in a telephone interview.

Da Gong said their 92-year-old mother appeared strong, even after being told of An Wei's abduction a day after the incident.

"She said being panicky and worried would not help bring An Wei back," he said.

Da Gong said An Wei and Hsu Li Min had been married for over 20 years but did not have any children due to their busy work schedule.

"They were in the fashion business. They worked very hard and travelled regularly between Taiwan and China. They retired early this year," he said.

He said the couple had been to beaches around the world but this was their first trip to Malaysia.

The Taiwanese media reported that Chang had sent her family members an SMS at 10.17pm on Thursday, about three hours before the incident.

The message read: "We are having a great time. Please tell mum, we will be cautious and do not worry!"

Da Gong said Sunday that he was preparing to face the worst, and had even raised money for her release but declined to give details.

He said Taiwan police had told the family not to call or send SMSes to An Wei.

Meanwhile, The Liberty Times website quoted Hsu's brother Li Ren as saying that he would bring along a nephew, whom he said the deceased had been treating as his own child, to Malaysia.

On some news report that the couple was not married, he said they had registered their marriage in China and not in Taiwan.

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