Tourists unfazed by shooting and kidnapping at Malaysia island resort

Tourists unfazed by shooting and kidnapping at Malaysia island resort

MALAYSIA - POM Pom POOM! Following a shooting and a kidnapping, Pom Pom - an island on the east coast of Sabah that most Malaysians have never even heard of - has shot to infamy.

At about 1am on Friday, Filipino gunmen shot and killed 57-year-old Taiwanese tourist Hsu Li Min and abducted his 58-year-old wife Chang An Wei at Pom Pom Island Resort.

The gunmen were believed to have arrived in a group of eight via a speedboat from the neighbouring southern Philippines.

Pom Pom Island is about a 45-minute boat ride from Semporna town, the gateway to one of the world's top diving spots - Sipadan Island.

When the news broke that a tourist had been found dead with two bullet wounds in his chest and his wife abducted, some news organisation, quoting top security officials, wrongly identified them as Chinese nationals.

"Are they from Taiwan or China?" I asked my colleague Muguntan Vanar, who is based in Kota Kinabalu.

"Their passports say they are from ROC (Republic of China), which is Taiwan. If they were from China, then it would be PRC (People's Republic of China)," he replied.

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