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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Petition launched to save Malaysian hostages

Brother of Bernard Then, who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants last year, launches petition to bring the Sarawakians home.

A petition has been launched urging the government to expedite the release of four Malaysians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in Sabah.

On April 1, four Sarawakians were abducted in the waters off Ligitan Island in Sabah. Wong Teck Kang, Wong Hung Sing, Wong Teck Chii and Johnny Lau Jung Hien were crewmen on a Malaysian cargo ship, and were kidnapped by armed Filipino gunmen.

According to The Star Online, the petition was launched by Christopher Then, the brother of Bernard who was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants last year.

“My brother, Bernard Then, was murdered by these same terrorists who kill innocent victims in the name of God. Let us NOT have any more deaths at their hands,” Christopher was quoted as saying.

The petition – posted on – has received 531 signatures so far. According to the page, the goal is for the petition to hit 10,000 signatures.

Last Thursday, a picture of the four Malaysian hostages was posted on Facebook, apparently by Abu Sayyaf.

The Star Online reported that the gunmen had made contact with the families of the victims.

Earlier this month, Teck Kang and Teck Chii’s father, Wong Chee Ming, had met Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to plead for help.

It was reported recently that Teck Kang had called his father to say he was safe but did not reveal their whereabouts.

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