KUALA LUMPUR, (June 4) — Kidnaps taking place on the boundary of
the nation’s territorial waters can be a hidden agenda by certain quarters to
tarnish the image of the security forces and country as a whole.
Malaysian Crime Concern Community Organisation (MCCC) chairman, Tan Sri Musa
Hassan said the kidnappings might have a hidden aim or agenda despite being seen
as wanting to demand ransoms.
“Maybe they wanted money…maybe it was deliberately done to tarnish the
image of the nation by giving the impression that its nation’s enforcement
agencies are weak,” he told Bernama, here, today.
The former Inspector-General of Police, at the same time, did not rule out
the possibility that kidnappings took place when certain groups or individuals
deliberately took the opportunity over an issue arising to put the nation at
loggerheads with other countries.
Musa said this posed a challenge to the enforcement authorities in boosting
the level of security so that it would not be questioned by any group.
Commenting further on the motive, Musa said the motive of kidnappings
differed depending on cases, among which were revenge, debt and dispute.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Social Development, Crime Prevention and Anti-Drugs
Voluntary Organisation (Pencegah) president Jeevan S. Ramamurthy said most cases
of kidnappings on the national borders were motivated by money.
He said they were carried out by pirates who had been trained in the use of
“In my opinion, it has nothing to do with instigating one party against
another. If we notice, no race and nationality was exempted from becoming
victims. These are planned crimes,” he said.
He said kidnappings could take place due to many reasons including the
economy of a country which forced some residents to do something drastic to get
Several kidnapping cases occurred in the waters of Sabah, with the latest
involving a caged fish rearing company manager, a Chinese national.
He was abducted by a group of men with firearms and dressed in fatigue in an
incident in the waters of Pulau Baik, near Silam, Lahad Datu, on May 6. — BERNAMA