Semporna kidnap: Guests at luxurious resort oblivious to shooting

Semporna kidnap: Guests at luxurious resort oblivious to shooting

SEMPORNA - There was a hive of police activities at the Pom-Pom Island Resort chalet where a Taiwanese tourist was shot dead and his wife abducted by Filipino gunmen.

Eastern Sabah Security Command director general Datuk Mohammad Mentek spent about an hour at the scene early Saturday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib had also visited the island on Friday, hours after the 1am shooting and kidnapping incident that shocked Sabahans.

When journalists arrived at the resort, they were told that the resort was a private property owned by a timber tycoon from Tawau and no one who was not a guest was allowed to enter.

The resort guests were seen snorkelling and lazing on the shoreline, oblivious to Friday's shooting although the presence of police and general operations force personnel have thrown a tight cordon around the resort.

One of the policies adopted at the resort was that 'security personnel could only enter the resort if a written permission was given by the operator', according to a General Operation personnel familiar with the rooms and the resort.

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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