The Foreign Ministry has condemned the kidnapping of four Malaysians by eight Filipino gunmen in the waters off Ligitan Island in Sabah.
“Malaysia strongly condemns the senseless and barbaric act,” it said in a statement Saturday night.
“The Malaysian authorities, including the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila and Consulate General in Davao City will work closely with the relevant authorities in the Philippines to assist in the ongoing investigation and working towards securing their release.
“The Government of Malaysia also wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims,” it said.
The four men from Sibu, aged between 21 and 34, were working on board the ship MV Masfive 6, which was returning to Malaysia after transporting timber to Manila.
Thy have been identified as Wong Teck Kang, 31; Wong Hung Sing, 34; Wong Teck Chii, 29 and Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21.
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the police have yet to hear of any ransom demands made by the gunmen.
“We are still investigating if the abduction involved the Abu Sayyaf group,” said Kahlid.