Man killed on way to pay ransom
A HONG Kong businessman, who was on his way to Sandakan to negotiate the release of his partner, kidnapped from a fish farm off Silam, was killed in a car crash on Saturday.
Three others, including the driver, were also killed in the accident, when their taxi collided head-on with a four-wheel-drive vehicle at Jalan Labuk in Sandakan.
The businessman, Kee Kwok Edien, 63, was the owner of Wonderful Terrace Fish Farm, from where Yang Zau Lin, a 34-year-old Chinese national, was kidnapped by Filipino gunmen on May 6.
Reports claimed Mr Kee was carrying an unknown sum of money as ransom for his partner's release.
According to reports, three other people in the other car suffered injuries but were not in any danger. The reports added that Mr Kee's family was flying to Sandakan to collect his remains.
Mr Kee, who runs several aqua-culture businesses in Hong Kong, was believed to have been contacted by representatives of the Filipino gunmen for the release of his partner, being held captive in the Abu Sayyaf stronghold in Jolo Island, southern Philippines.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK