SEMPORNA - A Taiwanese national lawmaker is expected to join a team comprising other officials to discuss the abduction case with Malaysian authorities.
Tsai Cheng-yuan is expected to join officials of the Taiwan representative's office in Kuala Lumpur and a criminal investigations bureau team.
Tsai said he was making arrangements to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the safety of the abducted Chang An Wei.
"Our prime objective is to ensure the safety of the victim," Taiwan's United Daily News quoted him as saying yesterday.
Tsai claimed on his Facebook page on Saturday night that An Wei's whereabouts had been roughly identified and that the authorities were making efforts to rescue her.
He said according to his Malaysian contact, An Wei was at an island near the Philippines-Malaysia border but he declined to give details.
Tsai said informers in Sabah could have alerted the abductors about the wealth of An Wei and her murdered husband Hsu Li Min.
Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang also told Taiwanese media that he had asked an association, which is responsible for the protection and well-being of Taiwanese victims of crime, to contact Hsu and Chang's families and look into ways to help them.
He said according to Taiwanese law, citizens who left the republic with proper documents but faced misfortune abroad could apply for financial aid of up to TWD200,000 (S$8,430).