KOTA KINABALU - As the patience of Abu Sayyaf militants runs thin with no sign that their RM3mil (S$1.1 million) ransom demand will be met and a threat to behead fish breeder Chan Sai Chuin this month, his wife is getting desperate to secure his release.
"They (Abu Sayyaf) told me that they will send back Chan's head if I fail to pay the ransom," Chin Pek Nyen told a media conference here as she appealed to the state and federal governments to do more in assisting to free her husband.
Chin, 42, said the militants had not set any date for their deadline this month, but warned in a call on Thursday night that they would kill him if the full sum is not paid.
"I do not know what to do. I tried raising the ransom by borrowing from friends and family. But there is no way I can do it.
"I need the Government's help," she said, adding that gunmen were sticking to their RM3mil demand after reducing it from RM15mil to RM10mil over the past months.
Chan, 32, was grabbed by Filipino gunmen from his Kunak fish farm on June 16 and is being held at an undisclosed location in the notorious southern Philippine island of Jolo.
Chin said she could not be certain if her husband, whom she had not been allowed to speak to for three months, was safe and unhurt.
"The gunmen have refused to allow me to speak to him since July 27. When they asked if I had reached RM1mil, and I said no, they got angry and threatened to kill my husband," said Chin, who has been managing the fish farm since Chan's kidnapping.
"Sometimes, they call me up to 17 times a day until I answer the call."
She has called on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to help secure Chan's release.
"After three days of the incident, no officials have come to talk to me or ask me anything. Why is nobody helping us?" she said, adding that only a Kunak policeman talked to her from time to time.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen are also holding marine policeman Kons Zakiah Aleip, 26, who was abducted from Pulau Mabul on July 12.