Semporna kidnap: Family mum over ransom demand

Semporna kidnap: Family mum over ransom demand

AWAU, MALAYSIA - Taiwanese family members are mum over a possible ransom demand for Chang An Wei who was abducted by Filipino gunmen after her husband Hsu Li Min was shot dead at Pom Pom Island resort off Semporna.

Hoping that the authorities would continue searching for 58-year-old Chang and solve the case soon, the elder brother of Li Min declined to reveal details of the latest development.

"I know there are so many questions but this concerns Chang's safety," said Hsu's brother Li Ren on Wednesday.

"We do not want anything to jeopardise her safety and we just want her back. We thank all those who are praying with us for Li Min and Chang's safety."

Taiwan's Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan revealed Wednesday that his government has received a call from the Filipino authorities about a possible ransom call for the release of Chang.

Lee did not reveal the whereabouts of Chang while police sources here believed Chang could either be in one of jungle hideouts in Tawi-Tawi or the Jolo island in southern Philippines.

Li Ren told the local and Taiwanese media in Tawau before leaving for Semporna on Wednesday afternoon that all his family wanted to do now was to get his brother's ashes back to Taiwan as soon as possible.

He said they hoped to get his 57-year-old brother's documents and death report, and everything carried out smoothly for the cremation to be concluded and his ashes taken back to Taiwan.

"We hope the Malaysian authorities would be able to speed up concluding post mortem report and give the death certificate to our family," he said.

The victims' family members will be in Pom Pom Island Resort later in the day to get their belongings including Li Min and Chang's passports reportedly kept in a safe deposit box.

Li Ren and Chang's brother Richard, as well as the couple's two nephews had flown to Sabah on Tuesday to identify the body and proceed with the retrieval of their belongings.

"We had gone to the mortuary after arriving Tawau, and indeed, the body lying there is my brother," Li Ren said.

Li Ren also thanked Malaysian government and its security forces in conducting investigations into the case, and in helping them throughout their journey here.

The family would also hold another prayer for Li Min's soul at the Fo Guang Shan temple here tonight, and the cremation is expected to be held at the crematorium at Jalan Sin On Tawau on Thursday morning.

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