Chinese consul sets up 24-hour hotline for those affected by Semporna abduction

Chinese consul sets up 24-hour hotline for those affected by Semporna abduction
Above, inset: Hotel guests scramble for cover on Wednesday night after hearing gun shots at their resort in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

PETALING JAYA - The Chinese consulate in Kuching has set up a 24-hour emergency hotline for those affected by Wednesday night's abduction of a two people from a resort off Semporna, Sabah.

According to a Huaxi Metropolitan Daily report, the consulate was alerted by tourists at the resort with regard the kidnapping.

The report said the consulate would work closely with the Malaysian Government to find out more about the incident.

In the Wednesday night incident, a 29-year-old Chinese national and a Filipino resort worker were abducted from a resort off Semporna.

The Chinese woman from Shanghai, 28, and the 40-year-old Filipino resort worker were snatched by as many as six unidentified gunmen at around 10.30pm Wednesday from the Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna.

In a travel advisory posted on the Chinese consulate's website on Thursday morning, tourists from China were advised to take extra safety and preventive measures when visiting Sabah especially Semporna and other east coast areas.

"Prior to the visit, tourists should find out the current security situation of the place.

"They should go through the proper travel agencies and avoid travelling to isolated islands or inaccessible places," the advisory said.

Anyone with enquiries and concerns can call the 24-hour emergency unit at 012-8861953.

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