BAGAN DATOH -- Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today that Malaysian armed forces are not involved in operations to rescue a Malaysian kidnapped on Jolo island in the Philippines.
He said the armed forces had not been given the responsibility of rescuing Mohd Nazaruddin Saidin and were just monitoring the situation and making sure there was no trespassing into Malaysian territory.
Mohd Nazaruddin was reported to have been kidnapped by a group which later demanded RM5.6 million for his release.
Ahmad Zahid said the armed forces were only informed of the kidnapping after it happened.
The incident occurred outside Malaysia and it was unfair for certain parties to accuse the armed forces of not doing anything about the abduction, he told reporters after presenting temporary occupation licence to residents of Bagan Datoh. -- BERNAMA
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