KUALA LUMPUR Oct 6 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak took to Twitter to express his shock over the disappearance of the Royal Malaysian Navy gunboat since yesterday. The Prime Minister also wrote: “Praying that all crew members are discovered and are in safe condition, Insya-Allah.” RMN’s CB-204 gunboat had been reported missing since it lost contact with the Kota Kinabalu naval base about 11.15am yesterday.
Its last known position was about 20 nautical miles east of Mengalum Island off Sabah. The gunboat, commanded by Lt Azri Bakar with seven crew members, was reported leaving Kota Kinabalu about 5am with the KD Paus for patrol duties. Meanwhile, former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee expressed his concern on the micro blogging site for the crew of the missing gun boat.
“Heavy rains and storms in the West Coast of Sabah. Hope all is well with CB204 and crew.” Earlier, Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar urged all Malaysians to pray for the safety of the crew and that they would be found soon. “Please help us God… this is yet another challenge for the country,” he tweeted.
Just a few hours ago, Astro Awani quoted Azri’s father, Bakar Hassan, who expressed hope that nothing untoward had happened to his son. Bakar, when contacted, said that he and his wife were on their way to Sabah to receive further updates on the situation. “I hope the people continue to pray for the safe return of my son as well as the crew on board the gunboat,” he was quoted as saying.
Credit : The Rakyat Post