'Kidnappers have inside information'

LAHAD DATU- "They have better intel than us. They know where our assets are located. They are already inside (Sabah). We believe they have inside help."

These were the grim words of a security expert based in the east coast of Sabah as he reflected on the southern-Philippines based kidnap-for-ransom group, which has abducted six hostages.

A Malaysian fish breeder, two Chinese nationals, a Taiwanese tourist and two Filipina workers have been abducted from two resorts in Semporna waters and fish farms in Kunak and Lahad Datu over the past seven months.

In the wake of a probe by The Star on the cross border kidnappings, the expert said there were "enemies" from within Sabah aiding a kidnap-for-ransom group.

The expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it appeared that the group even knew the movements of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) which acts as the coastguard.