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Kidnappers demand US$11.2 million for return of Chinese tourist snatched in Malaysia

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 April, 2014, 3:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 April, 2014, 5:07am

The kidnappers who snatched a Chinese tourist from a Malaysian holiday resort today demanded a ransom of HK$87 million (US$11.2 million).

Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said they received a note from the kidnappers demanding a ransom, which is equivalent to 70 million yuan.

Gao and the Filipino worker were abducted on April 2. Gao was shoved into a boat by gunmen and taken to an unknown location.

Gao Huayun, a 29-year-old from Shanghai, had just spent about a day at the resort when she was taken along with Filipino hotel employee Marcy Dayawan, 40, from the Singamata Reef Resort in Malaysia's Sabah state.

"Gao’s family has appointed someone to negotiate for her safe release,” Zahid, whose ministry handles internal security and law enforcement, said today.

 “We hope this case can be settled as soon as possible," he said.

“We have sent our team, the police and the negotiators to discuss through their so-called appointed middle person to negotiate the reduction of ransom,” Zahid told a local newspaper.

No ransom was demanded for the Filipina resort worker who was also abducted last week, he said. 

Malaysia said at the weekend that Gao’s family in China had been contacted  by telephone by her kidnappers.

However, a spokesman for the Chinese consulate in Kuching said they have yet to receive police notification about the ransom demand.

Three men armed with M14 automatic rifles grabbed Dayawan from her room and on their way back to the boat seized Gao, who screamed "I don't want to go" in English, according to a police account.

There were at least four other kidnappers waiting in the boat, and they left within minutes, witnesses said. No shots were fired.

The kidnappers are believed to be affiliated with Abu Sayyaf “sub-commander” Murphy Ambang Ladjia in the Philippines.

Gao was travelling with a friend, who left the resort early yesterday, the hotel manager has said. Gao's parents reportedly told Shanghai radio that a day before the raid their daughter had received an admission letter for an MBA degree programme in Britain.

The incident could further complicate relations between China and Malaysia, which have been strained since the March 8 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet with 154 Chinese on board.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the attack might have been aimed at further damaging Sino-Malaysian ties. "Our priority is to ensure the safety of the hostages," he said.

The last Abu Sayyaf abduction in the area was in 2000, when Philippine gunmen crossed the border in speedboats and abducted 21 European tourists along with Malaysian and Filipino workers at the Sipadan diving resort. The kidnappers demanded around US$1 million for each hostage.

The Philippines is co-ordinating with Malaysia on securing the hostages' release.

Additional reporting by Patrick Boehler and Agencies


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US$11million is ridiculous.
Chinese will now be targeted by thugs, terrorists, and criminals around the world.
America is not bothered by how other sees the US military stomping around the world.
China must be able to protect its citizens. If this means "breaking eggs," so be it.
China needs to be a fire-breathing dragon, not a "friendly" lion.
Good luck to the Malaysian tourism industry they'll need it with kidnappings and airline disasters. I wont to going to Malaysia and I'm not from China.
$11 million?? Unless her father is billionaire Wen Jiabao, I fear she may be doomed...
Acts of this kind are totally intolerable
You pay them the ransom and you will be opening a can of worms and be inviting more kidnappings in the future. That is why the Americans have a strict policy of "non-negotiating with terrorists". I feel for the girl really, but the most rational action to take would be sending in the seal team to rescue, but then again, China's version of seal team? * Chuckle * I think not. What is a life worth to China anyway? As uncompassionate as it may seem, their track record speaks for itself.
These kidnappers will go to hell. How they can do this kind of unreasonable act to an innocent girl.
Don't worry, Chinese are good at negotiation.
Israel is a small country.
Israel took years to track down Nazi criminals who were responsible for Jewish deaths.
China is a big country.
China should track down each one of the kidnappers and bring them to justice.
China needs to be a strong dragon otherwise no one will respect her.
If one gets into an accident ending up in a hospital in China, and if one doesn't have the money, he/she will be denied medical services. This is a know fact. So the question is what is a life worth in China ? Now you may make your assessment the fate of this victim of kidnapping. Bottom line, if they kidnap a westerner, the person stands a better chance of not being beheaded and gone home alive.
China just send your airforce and bomb the **** out of these **** where ever they may be.Teach them a lesson for all to see!



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