Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kidnappings in Sabah Waters

On Friday night, eight gunmen boarded Malaysian tugboat MV Masfive 6 near Pulau Ligitan off the east coast of Sabah and abducted four Malaysian crewmen – Wong Teck Kang, 31, Wong Hung Sing, 34, Wong Teck Chii, 29, and Johnny Lau Jung Hien, 21 – all from Sarawak. They left behind the three Myanmar and two Indonesian crew members.
After the latest kidnapping, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had commented that the waters around the southern Philippines and east Malaysia border, specifically Sabah were not safe.
But on Wednesday, Najib Razak had declared in Parliament that security forces are constantly on the alert against any threat in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) and that the said area is safe and protected!
He maintained security forces through the relevant agencies such as the Armed Forces (ATM), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) were ready to face any eventuality, including information on kidnapping attempts.
Methinks, it is best that the Prime Minister learns to shut up!
On Saturday, Celtic beat Heart of Midlothian 3-1 in a Scottish Premiership game. Jamie Walker gave the latter a stunning lead within five minutes, but that was cancelled out ten minutes later by Gary Mackay-Steven. Patrick Roberts scored with two fine strikes, one in each half (35, 49) to edge Celtic closer to the title and put more distance between them and second-placed Aberdeen.
Also, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur locked horns in this EPL match. Philippe Coutinho slipped in Daniel Sturridge's pass in the fifty-first minute but Harry Kane's superb finish on the turn after 63 minutes gave both teams a 1-1 draw.
For sure, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be taking big decisions about his squad this summer – in order to undo the damage wrought by predecessor Brendon Rodgers.
I was at Meteor House in KL’s Open University Malaysia main campus for the OUM Toastmasters meeting. I had a speaking slot and I delivered a CC #9 speech titled ”The Butterflies are Dead”.
I was also a Table Topics Evaluator and a speech evaluator.


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