According to reports from Malaysia, a hotel receptionist and a Chinese tourist have been kidnapped from the Singamata Reef resort. Police say that they are looking for six Filipino males who are suspected of committing the crime. The six men went running into the resort armed with pistols. They raided the hotel just before fleeing the scene of the crime on a speedboat.
The tourist who was kidnapped is a 28-year-old woman believed to be from Shanghai. The receptionist is a 40-year-old woman from the Philippines. Unfortunately, this kidnapping has renewed the ongoing security threat for people visiting Sabah. This is an extremely popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. This area is also just a stone throw away from the Philippines, which is home to not only kidnapping gangs but Muslim militants.
This famous resort has been dealing with gangs from the Philippine for a long time. It has admitted to seeing a decline in tourists as a result of these attacks. Chinese tourists love going to the Singamata Reef Resort to stay in its cottages, which sit on stilts over the water. That being said, these cottages are extremely hard to protect from attackers who come by sea. They can literately pull right up to the cottage, kidnap people and jump into their waiting boats.
It was the police who said that the attackers left in a little wooden speedboat. The media has been trying to get a comment from the hotel, but a receptionist refused to comment. It is likely that the hotel will not make much of a comment on this kidnapping until the case is closed.
Right now, the police believe that the six men who attacked the hotel belong to militant Philippine Muslim group Abu Sayyaf. This group is best known for carrying out a number of kidnappings, most of them by sea. They hold the people that they kidnap for ransom, and that is how the group makes most of its money.
Anti-kidnapping and Philippine maritime units are currently working with authorities in Malaysia to find the people responsible. They are hoping to have a speedy resolution to this case, but experts feel that it might be unlikely. This is a group of professionals that has its tactics down perfectly. The only way to stop this group is to locate its main headquarters of operations.
Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said that China has already mobilized some of its units to locate the kidnapped people. The agency is urging all Chinese citizens to be cautious if they are still in the area. The spokesman added that the relationship between Malaysia and China has been stressed as of late. This has a lot to do with the Chinese people who went missing on the Malaysia Airlines plane that was lost. There were around 153 Chinese passengers on the plane when it disappeared.