Published: Tuesday May 15, 2012 MYT 4:24:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 15, 2012 MYT 4:26:14 PM
M'sian businessman released in Philippines after more than a year in captivity
By MAY SALITAH
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian businessman who was abducted from a rented house in Jolo Islands, Philippines, was released after more than a year in captivity, when local villagers negotiated with abductors for his freedom.
Nazaruddin Saidin, 39, was in the Philippines for a business trip when the house he was staying in was attacked and he was kidnapped, on May 9 last year.
He was released on Saturday and put on a boat to Sandakan, where he arrived on Sunday, He was flown to Kuala Lumpur Monday night after renewing his legal documents, which he had lost during his captivity.
Relating his ordeal in a press conference Tuesday at the Putera 1Malaysia Club headquarters here, Nazaruddin, a father of six, said he was well fed and taken care of even when his captors moved his location five to six times.
Asked if he had tried to escape, he said he attempted it once but found himself returning to the kidnappers' camp site due to exhaustion and because he was not familiar with the area.
"Luckily, they were not angry. Instead, they advised me not to run away again."
He expressed his gratitude to Putera Umno, which organised his return to Malaysia, and his rescuers for not giving up the search for him, although he was reported dead in December.
Putera 1Malaysia Club president Datuk Abdul Azeez Bin Abdul Rahim said it took seven months of research, with help from Jolo Islands' villagers, to find Nazaruddin.
"The locals were very cooperative and negotiated peacefully with the kidnappers, who did not ask for a ransom and released Nazaruddin without putting up a fight," he said.