SEMPORNA - The kidnapping of a Taiwanese tourist from an exclusive island resort in Sabah is big news back in Taiwan as its government leaders and the people ponder about her fate.
Several major Taiwanese media have descended on this east coast town to find out more details about the shooting and killing at Pom Pom Island Resort that has sent shock waves in their country.
Among the media group was at least three broadcast outlets with their journalists heading out to Pom Pom island, a 45-minute boat ride from here.
CTI Television Incorporation journalist Lin Yu Chiao said that people in Taiwan including political leaders, were hoping against hope that no harm comes to the abducted Taiwanese woman, Chang An Wei, 58.
"It is big news and people are shocked about the incident. Everyone is hoping that she will survive the ordeal," he said.
He also said that Taiwanese politicians have taken to social media platforms to talk about the incident that happened at 1am Friday, where Chang's husband Hsu Li Min, 57, was shot dead.
Lin said the couple did not have any children and were involved in textile trading with mainland China, and were preparing for retirement.
He said they had been travelling a lot in the past few years.
Lin added that the families of the victims were expected to arrive in Sabah on Monday or Tuesday while a representative was due later Sunday to arrive in Tawau where the body of Hsu was in the mortuary.
Hsu and Chang had checked into the resort last Tuesday and were scheduled to leave on Nov 20.
The private-owned resort is a 30-minute boat ride away from international waters bordering the Tawi Tawi islands off the Philippines.