Saturday, October 19

No update on kidnapping case – CP



KOTA KINABALU: The police have yet to receive the latest update on the kidnapping of five Malaysians in the waters of Dent Haven, Tambisan, Lahad Datu on July 18.

Sabah Commissioner of Police (CP) Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said the case was still under investigation.

“We are constantly being notified of any updates regarding the security of the state. We also share any security-related information with the police headquarters in Bukit Aman, aside from cooperating with police in other districts,” he said when met at the Rapid Team Training closing ceremony here yesterday.

Abd Rahim Summas, 62, Fandy Bakran, 26, Tayudin Anjut, 45, and Mohd Zumadil Rahim, 23 all from Tawau and Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, 32, from Pahang were reported missing from their tugboat by its owners after it was spotted listing in Dent Haven waters in Lahad Datu.

Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that the five Malaysians were believed to have been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf militant group.

However, he also noted that the police have yet to receive a ransom demand.

Meanwhile, Harun stressed that battle training is important in helping members of the police force improve their self-confidence.

“Through such training, participants are exposed to relevant knowledge and skills. This is compulsory for every member of the police force,” he said.

According to Harun, a total of 46 participants were selected to take part in the first series of the training for the year after going through a selection process.

The training began since Ramadhan last month for three weeks and continued for another two weeks after Hari Raya, he disclosed.

Harun revealed that there are also plans to begin the next series of training in one or two weeks’ time, which would see some upgrades as well as increase in the number of trainees.

While training is a norm, there is a need to be exposed to tougher training such as the Rapid Team Training Series, he said.

The Rapid Team Training Series 1/2016 was organised with collaboration from the Bukit Aman police headquarters and the Special Action Unit.