"Memang kita tidak bayar sebarang wang tebusan kepada kumpulan penculik, wang RM12 juta hasil kutipan orang ramai dan jualan hartanah serta aset oleh keluarga itu diberikan kepada pihak polis bukan sebagai wang tebusan".
PUTRAJAYA, June 16 — The RM12 million raised to ransom four Sarawakian hostages was paid to Filipino welfare groups and not the militants who abducted…
The Malaysian government does not recognise kidnappers' demands for ransom, says DPM.
This is what Malaysian think of what this bloody DPM has done with that RM12million "donation".
Eddie Tan: If money not used, it should be returned. People had to beg and borrow.
Azzat Kamaludin: May we know the name of the charities please lest it becomes like the donation from the friendly Arab donor?
steadyaku47 comment : Like the RM2.6 billion donation, like 1MDB....the story changes by the minute. First no ransom paid, then money donated to charity and now donated to Islamic body...what next ma? Will the Foreign Minister of the Philippines confirm that the RM12 million has been paid to a Muslim body....tak payah lah....ini cerita kita sudah dengar banyak kali ma!
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the RM12 million raised by the families of hostages recently freed by the Abu Sayyaf was given to an Islamic body in the Philippines.
However, he stressed that the payment was not ransom to secure the four Sarawakian hostages’ release.
“The government decided not to pay ransom, and police adhered to this order.
“The money raised was from public donation and assets sales (by the hostages’ families), and I can confirm that it was channelled not as ransom, but to a body in the Philippines which assists in an Islamic struggle.
“The body has no links to terrorists or criminals,” Berita Harian reported Zahid as saying in Putrajaya today.