By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU: Mystery surrounds the disappearance of Labuan contractor, Tan Sui Ting, who has gone incommunicado since arriving in the State capital on Wednesday morning.
His friends in Labuan say they are baffled as to his prolonged silence, while police say initial investigations indicate no criminal elements or foul play for now.
But the discovery of the man’s Toyota Hilux without the licence plates found abandoned at Kampung Lembaga Padi Inanam the following day, has only lent a chilling feel to those who know him.
“We are still investigating the case as a missing person report though we are trying contact his associates and others to locate him,” said Labuan deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Ibrahim Mohd Ghani.
“So far they (family) have yet to get any calls for ransom, which might give us a lead that criminal elements were involved.”
DSP Ibrahim said that the family had told police that Tan was not involved with moneylenders and they were unaware of any threats against him.
This was confirmed by a close friend, who asked not to be named. The friend said Tan was not in financial difficulties nor did he indicate that he was in any kind of problems as their usual coffee sessions.
According to the contractor’s son Andy, said Tan left his home in Kampung Rancha-Rancha here on Wednesday (March 8) at about 5.55am go to Kota Kinabalu to buy vehicle spare parts.
That was the last time family members saw him and although they did not hear from him that day, they did not think anything amiss.
However the 18-year-old boy received a call from his uncle on Thursday at 11.45am informing him that his father’s Toyota Hilux Four Wheel Drive vehicle was found at the Kg Lembaga Padi Inanam, with missing registration number and documents found scattered outside the vehicle.
Andy and his family members immediately rushed from Labuan to the village the same day and saw a group of policemen conducting checks on the vehicle, which had a dented back fender.
A K-9 unit was brought in but there were no leads.
“He certainly would not go anywhere without his personal documents, including his MyKad,” added the friend, who was told that these were found scattered outside the vehicle.
Kota Kinabalu City police were investigating the discovery of the vehicle while his family had lodged a missing person police report with the Labuan police.
“We are carrying out a thorough investigation on the circumstances of his disappearance to ascertain if there was any foul play. We do not want to jump to any conclusion,’’ he added.
DSP Ibrahim added Labuan police were working closely with their Kota Kinabalu counterparts on the case.
Members of the public with any information on the missing man are urged to immediately contact the nearest police station or Labuan Police Station at 087-412222.