Semporna kidnap: Victims' mothers still do not know of killing and abduction

PETALING JAYA - The 80-year-old bedridden mother of slain Taiwanese tourist Hsu Li Min does not know about her son's tragic death yet.

Neither does the 92-year-old mother of his abducted wife, Chang An Wei.

Hsu's brother Li Ren said he did not know how to break the news to their mother.

Chang's brother Da Gong, said the family feared that she would not be able to handle the bad news.

According to a Taiwanese cable TV news report, Li Ren planned to fly to Kota Kinabalu, by Tuesday to make arrangements for Hsu's last rites. The body is at the Tawau Hospital mortuary.

Li Ren said he could not accept that the Malaysian authorities were insisting on carrying out a post-mortem on his brother, adding that he hoped the Taiwanese government would intervene and stop it.

He said he could also not understand how security at the tourist attraction was so lax.

"My brother did not have any run-ins with anyone or enemies. Why was he killed?" he asked as tears swelled up in his eyes.

Da Gong said Hsu and Chang had been married for more than 20 years but did not have any children.

He said they had sold off their apparel manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, recently and had gone into the retail business.

He said they were semi-retired and had been travelling to many places lately, including the Maldives and Bali.

Da Gong said Chang had told him that they were going to visit Pom Pom island although she and her husband did not dive.

"She told me about the trip before leaving on Nov 12. They were supposed to have returned to Shanghai on Nov 22.

"I still cannot believe this has happened," he said, adding that he was praying for the safe return of his sister.

Da Gong said the Taiwanese government had made arrangements to fly him and Hsu's family members to Kota Kinabalu on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an "orange" travel alert, its second highest level, for the eastern coast of Sabah.

It urged Taiwanese to avoid travelling to the area unless necessary.

Under the MOFA's four-colour-coded travel advisory system, "red' is the highest level, followed by "orange", "yellow' and "grey".