Friday 1 June 2012

Sarawak Report: DJ may be on the run

Whistleblower website Sarawak Report today said that there is a possibility that Radio Free Sarawak presenter Peter John Jaban is likely on the run, and not detained.

NONEThe website, which is run by the same people behind the anti-Abdul Taib Mahmud radio station, said that this is because Jaban (right in photo) appeared to have voluntarily followed the individuals who had taken him away.

“Colleagues are now looking into the possibility therefore, that (Jaban) knew the men and recognised the car.

“Given his fear of arrest, he may have taken the opportunity to jump into the unidentified vehicle and make his escape before any further moves were taken to detain him,” the London-based website reported.

It noted that if true, this would not be the first time Jaban had taken “drastic measures” to avoid being nabbed.

“On a previous occasion some months back police came back to question him, subsequent to an identity card check in a village in the interior.

“However, (Jaban) says he was rescued by a crowd of local people who gathered round, enabling him to jump on the back of a motorbike which drove him away!”

More than 24 hours on, still no word

Jaban has been missing for more than 24 hours, since three men in a brown Proton car intercepted the vehicle he was in near the Miri town centre at around 11am yesterday.

He was driven by Miri PKR chairperson Dr Micheal Teo to the latter’s clinic after arriving at the Miri Airport at about 10.30am.

According to PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyperson See Chee How, Jaban had contacted him earlier that morning to say that he was picked up by the authorities at the Kota Kinabalu, Sabah airport.

Jaban, who goes by the moniker Papa Orang Utan, informed See that he would be further detained in Miri, but Miri police said there were no instructions to arrest the radio presenter.

“If his disappearance is true, then I advise his next of kin to lodge a police report immediately,” Miri police chief ACP Mun Kok Keong told The Star.

Meanwhile, speaking to Malaysiakini today, See said that Jaban remains uncontactable and his mobile phone is still out of reach.

Jaban’s son Valentino Ngabong Peter has also not had word from his father, who is in Malaysia to celebrate Gawai, which falls today, with his family.

He said the family will be meeting to decide their next course of action today.

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