Abducted victim returns to hometown

KOTA KINABALU - Plantation assistant manager Chong Wei Jie (above) who escaped his abductors in Jolo Island, the Philippines, after nine months of captivity has returned to his hometown in Port Dickson, Negri Sem­bilan.

The still traumatised 25-year-old arrived here late Thursday night and was flown back to Port Dickson after receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said they would let Chong rest and spend time with his family before asking him to return to Sabah to assist investigations into the abduction.

"Wei Jie is still very traumatised over the whole ordeal so we will let him rest and clear his mind before asking him to return here to give us more information," he said.

Hamza said the body of Wei Jie's 33-year-old cousin, Chong Wei Fei, who was abducted along with him from their family birds' nest structure by several gunmen in a plantation in Lahad Datu last November was still not traceable.

"We are working with our attaché in the Philippines to try and get more information on whether he is really dead and if yes, where the body could be," he said.

Hamza said they were gathering information on how and when Wei Fei died.

"When Wei Jie is ready to speak, we will call him back to find out who his abductors are, how many of them there were and all the necessary information on the incident," he added.