KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 – Police have denied allegations by certain quarters that it did not do enough to find Gareth David Huntley, reported missing in Pulau Tioman, since Tuesday. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said the police had deployed several units including the K9 unit, to find Huntley, a Briton. “We have done our job well. Soon after receiving the missing report, we deployed officers and men to find Huntley. “We also used the dog unit and asked the villagers to help,” he told reporters after closing the Inspector-General of Police Bowling Championship at Sunway Pyramid, here Sunday.
Bakri said the search for Huntley, a volunteer with a turtle conservation project, has yet to find any lead. He advised the public who wish to engage in adventure activities to inform the nearest police station. “This will enable us to track them if anything happens.” Asked by reporters if there is foul play involved, Bakri dismissed the involvement of such elements. On May 27, Huntley, a volunteer of Projek Penyu Juara was reported missing at Lubuk Teja waterfall, Pulau Tioman.
On another note, Bakri said police are studying several leads in the kidnapping of a Chinese national and a Filipina in Sabah on April 2. One of the leads could lead to the mastermind of the kidnapping at Singgahmata Adventures Reef and Resort and help the police solve the case. On Friday, the two women kidnapped were released after negotiations between Philippine authorities and the kidnappers. Chinese national Gao Hua Yun, 29, and Filipina resort worker Marcy Dayawan, 40, were released safely and reported to be in good health.