IGP: Pastor Raymond Koh may have been abducted by human traffickers. Missing since 13 Feb 2017.

26 July 2017

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What have human traffickers got to do with Pastor Koh, asks group


Noel Achariam

MORE questions are being asked following the announcement by police today that Pastor Raymond Koh may have been abducted by a human trafficking syndicate linked to groups in southern Thailand.

Top most is why would a 62-year-old man be abducted in a military-style abduction and what use would he have for a human trafficking syndicate.

Citizen Action Group On Enforced Disappearance (Caged) member Rama Ramanathan asked what benefit would the syndicate get in abducting a pastor and why of all people Koh.

“Now the police are saying it’s a trafficking case. Raymond is above 60 years old and why do they need to carry out a military-style abduction for such a person?

“The police have als found the license plates of Koh’s car and photos of his house. Why would they keep these items?” Rama told The Malaysian Insight.

Rama suggested that the police talk to Koh’s family first instead of alerting the media of the developments in the investigation into the pastor’s abduction.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/8628/

25 July 2017

IGP: Human traffickers may be involved in Pastor Koh’s abduction

KUALA LUMPUR: A human trafficking syndicate, busted in operations in Kedah and Perak last month, may have been involved in the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said that police investigations following the detention of three syndicate members indicated that Koh might have been their victim.

“We believe this syndicate has links with groups in southern Thailand.

“We are working with our Thai counterparts to investigate further,” he told a press conference after a handing over ceremony for three Bukit Aman directors on Tuesday.

Asked whether police believed Koh had been brought to a neighbouring country, the IGP said investigation are still ongoing.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/25/igp-pastor-koh-human-trafficking/#KbyYCBTxib0A2iRq.99

26 June 2017

Pastor’s wife laments not getting latest news from cops

The wife of missing pastor Raymond Koh has complained she was not briefed about the latest development about her husband’s abduction, which inspector of general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar announced yesterday.

“I have not been briefed about any of these so-called developments, leads or arrests by the police,” said Susanna Liew in a statement today.

She added this is not the first time she had learned about developments in her husband’s case only from the IGP’s statements to the media.

“Like the rest of Malaysia, all I know is what I have read in the media.”

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/386776

Pastor Koh’s abduction: An unexpected lead or inconvenient questions?

S Thayaparan

“A primary purpose of the police is to enforce the delusions of those with lots of green paper.” ― Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilisation.

COMMENT | I did not want to write about this new development in the Pastor Koh abduction case but seeing as how the state security apparatus is unusually forthcoming about the progress of the investigation, it would seem that speculation is warranted, especially since the IGP has released extremely sensitive information about the case.
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Why would the IGP release details of the case to the general public before informing the family of Pastor Koh? To be fair I have no idea if they have informed the family, but one would assume that they would inform the family as part of the investigation by interviewing the family and associates of Pastor Koh if there had been any contact between the members of this syndicate and the abducted pastor.

Secrecy would be crucial as to not to alert other members of this syndicate and to preserve evidence obtained from suspects and other persons of interests of this new development. By alerting the public to this new development, members of the syndicate would learn that they have been compromised, that evidence linking them to a specific high profile crime has been discovered and that associates of theirs have been arrested by the state.

This is perhaps one of the most high-profile cases in Malaysian history. Though the authorities would deny it there are racial and religious overtones to this case because of the way how political parties have gone after Christians especially Christian evangelicals. Rumours are swirling of not only Pastor Koh but also how the state has handled this case and the manner in which the pastor was abducted.

By revealing information that the Pastor was under surveillance by this syndicate and the license plate of the vehicle the pastor was driving when he was abducted, the state seems to be laying the ground work that these are not merely “leads” but a breakthrough in the case. Again if you are building a case, why release such information and compromise the case.

Apparently the most important leads – the license plate and photos – were retrieved after the shooting from the house of the suspect. This begs the question if these syndicate members were on the radar of the state security apparatus for major crimes then why were they not aware that this syndicate was surveilling a pastor in a major city?

If the implication is that Pastor Koh is in some way involved with this syndicate, then why is it that the Pastor was not himself on the radar of the security apparatus, who were apparently aware of the criminal activities of this group?

In other words, a syndicate which had been on the radar of not one, but two special crime divisions of the state security apparatus managed to in broad daylight, carry out a kidnapping in a high-risk environment, all without the knowledge of the special crime units assigned to investigate them?

We are talking about major crimes here, and if the Pastor was either somehow connected with this group or was a target of this group, then surely the state security apparatus would have some inkling as to who kidnapped pastor Koh and why.
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The reality is that by their own words and deeds the state security apparatus has diminished their credibility and volunteering such sensitive information about an ongoing high-profile investigation merely adds fuel to the fire of the various conspiracy theories floating about in social media.

Ultimately even when the case is solved, people will retreat to these two narratives because of the way how the state security apparatus handled this case. The IGP was wrong to release such information. He does a disservice to the investigation and to the PDRM but more importantly, he does a disservice to the family involved.


S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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25 June 2017

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Pictures of the pastor’s residence and car were found in the house of the suspect shot dead.

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today revealed they had found new leads in the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh following a drug sting operation earlier this week.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said that on June 17, police raided the house of a drug trafficking suspect where photos believed to be of Koh’s house and his car were found. The raid was conducted after the suspect had been killed in a shootout with police in Kedah.

“We believe this group is connected to the abduction of Pastor Koh,” he told reporters at the Hari Raya open house here.

He said three other suspects from the same group, as well as the dead suspect’s wife, had been arrested and brought to Kuala Lumpur for further questioning. They were picked up in Kuantan, Kot Bharu and Kuala Kangsar.

Khalid said the group had only come under the police radar late last year but were not investigated for Koh’s abduction then as their previous crimes were drugs- and arms-related.

Khalid refused to divulge further details, stating the case was still under investigation and that Koh’s family had not been filled in on the latest developments.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/06/25/4-from-drug-group-under-probe-over-pastor-kohs-abduction/

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After shootout, cops uncover lead on Pastor Koh’s abduction

Koh Jun Lin

A police operation against a smuggling syndicate has uncovered an unexpected lead on the abduction of the pastor Raymond Koh.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the operation led to a shootout in Kampung Weng Dalam, Kedah on June 17, where the prime suspect, in his 40s, was shot dead.

The police have also arrested three suspected syndicate members – ages between 30 and 60 – as well as the prime suspect’s widow.

Among the items recovered at the suspect’s home later included a photo believed to be that of the pastor’s house, photos believed to be that of his two vehicles, and a vehicle license plate bearing the number ST 5515 D.

“So we believe that the group is linked to the abduction of pastor Koh. Afterwards, we have brought all three that we have arrested and the wife of the suspect that we shot dead back to Kuala Lumpur.

“Investigations are still ongoing,” he told a press conference at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman today, where Khalid was hosting a Hari Raya open house.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/386724

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 June 2017

Mr IGP: My questions of concern

KJ John

Dear inspector-general of police (IGP), I am in a WhatsApp group with 11 members; all of whom are credible Malaysians and most are Royal Military College-trained professionals of various colours and shades.

A few are NGO professionals, but all of them are Christians. To date, none of them believe you or police updates about Pastor Raymond Koh’s whereabouts.

I had canvassed concerns from theSun’s lead stories and theories (since the 100-day mark) about why Pastor Raymond is still missing.

To us, the police appear super active to arrest the whistle-blowers on various human rights issues, but they appear “slow” to keep the Pastor Raymond’s family fully updated on real issues and concerns. Therefore, I cannot blame his wife and mother for speaking up
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Therefore, below are my questions to our IGP and the police:

  1. When the Koh family first met with the police task force, they were shown clear pictures of SUVs exiting the toll gates and the number plates were visible. So, the consequent question and issues are: were these number plates false? Did JPJ have records of any such number plates and if so registered vehicles? Who did they belong to; since they look like imported ones?
  2. When such video-capture technology was first used in a Korean traffic court case and ruled inadmissible by courts, the producers of the technology improved its capability to double capture both shots; the face (front and side views) of the driver and details of the car. So, why is it really that there are no further leads related to this search?
  3. If I am not mistaken, the family were also shown photo-fits of your suspect from sketch drawings of Police investigations on the ground. Obviously, the police artist used some perceptions to capture the approximate visible features for their photo-fit. Were there then really no other leads on this matter? Why not and why was this picture not advertised publicly? Do we not need foreign expertise to help us resolve this case with DNA capabilities?

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Citizens in a secular state who pay taxes for the salaries of public officials have a right to information and for that fact, two states of the Federation have passed such a right to information law.

Media and columnists like me, or international lobby groups will not close one eye on this matter.

Therefore my advice to the IGP is to please own up and share all information on the above matter so all Malaysians can know truth about such matters and not rely on rumours or alternative pet theories.


KJ JOHN, PhD, was in public service for 32 years having served as a researcher, trainer, and policy adviser to the International Trade and Industry Ministry and the National IT Council (NITC) of the government of Malaysia. The views expressed here are his personal views and not those of any institution he is involved with. Write to him at kjjohn@ohmsi.net with any feedback or views.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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24 May 2017

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Prayers held to mark 100th day of Pastor Koh’s disappearance
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PETALING JAYA: Friends and relatives marked the 100th day of Pastor Raymond Koh’s disappearance by holding a special prayer and worship on Wednesday night.

Koh’s wife Susanna Liew, daughters Esther and Elizabeth and son Jonathan, who were all dressed in dark coloured clothes, were joined by about 100 well-wishers at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) Dream Centre.

Those who attended the solemn and emotional gathering included representatives from foreign and local Christian organisations.

Esther, Koh’s second daughter, thanked and welcomed those who came for the prayers.

“Thank you for your heartfelt prayers for Raymond Koh,” she said.

The service started with those present singing “Salvation belongs to our Lord” and prayers were offered to reflect on the 100 days of time lost without Koh.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/24/service-to-mark-100th-day-of-pastor-kohs-disappearance/#Vzg9LW1CLh7S5WlY.99

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Candlelight vigils to keep ‘enforced disappearance’ issue alive
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Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (Caged) today vowed to hold a candlelight vigil every last Saturday of the month.

This is to keep the issue of the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and three others alive, Caged’s chief spokesperson Thomas Fann said.

“We will continue to highlight these disappearances and we have promised, on every last Saturday of the month, we will be holding the vigil at Dataran Merdeka,” Fann told reporters outside Bukit Aman today, after he and two other activists were summoned by the police for questioning.

The next candlelight vigil will be held this Saturday, at 8.30pm at Dataran Merdeka

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: Solidarity gathering for activists summoned by police for “enforced disappearances” claim

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Suspect detained over missing pastor case

KUALA LUMPUR : A man has been detained by police in connection with the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh, says Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said the suspect was picked up in the north of the country last week.

“We believe he is relevant to the ongoing investigation into the abduction of Koh.

“Let us investigate the case thoroughly,” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman after launching a blood donation programme here on Wednesday.
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Khalid also warned certain parties not to make baseless allegations in connection with Koh’s abduction.

“We are not sitting on the case. We have never stopped investigating his abduction and efforts to locate him are ongoing,” he said.

Khalid said police were also investigating reports that Koh was attempting to proselytise Muslims, and determining if this had any connection to his abduction.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/24/suspect-detained-in-missing-pastor-case/#MdlhvSMwXhOQcQLc.99

23 May 2017

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Simon Thong Retweeted D.Kanyakumari

Hearsay or Truth? If it is true they said this, family members can expect to be invited for a chat by police…

Simon Thong added,

100 days and still missing

The fact that Koh has been missing for 100 days is a worrying situation for Malaysians, said Parit Buntar MP Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

“This begs the question of our (country’s) security. For a person to be kidnapped in broad daylight and the police having yet to find a single clue on his disappearance to this day is a bit worrying. Surely, by now police must know what happened to him,” he said.

http://www.thesundaily.my/node/447447?utm_content=bufferfe453&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

1 May 2017

US report: Muslims in M’sia imposing on other people’s lives
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The Muslim majority in Malaysia are “increasingly imposing restrictive views and norms” on minorities, impacting freedom of religion, said a United States government report.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2017 said there is a “heightened fear” of the government’s pro-Malay Muslim policies and its effect on the daily lives of minorities.

It said this in the report ranking Malaysia on Tier 2, alongside Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Khazakhstan, Laos and Turkey.

“Majority Malay Muslims increasingly impose restrictive views and norms upon ethnic and religious minorities that not only impact these groups’ ability to practice their faith freely, but also constrain their everyday lives.

“Religious and ethnic minorities have expressed growing concerns about the government’s pro-Malay Muslim policies and subsequent limitations on their right to practice their beliefs freely.

“These fears are heightened by reports of religious leaders being harassed or even kidnapped,” it said.

It was referring to the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, who remains missing after being taken by masked men while driving on a busy highway in Petaling Jaya in February 2017.

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The report also cited restrictions on the word “Allah” by non-Muslims, the unilateral conversions of children by converting Muslim parents and the arrest of rapper Namewee (photo) for allegedly insulting Islam in a music video, as examples of infringements on minorities.

“Malaysians generally are free to worship, but minorities often experience discrimination related to their faith, and some have difficulties accessing religious materials, such as Bibles, and obtaining government permission to build houses of worship,” it said.

Not all Muslims are favoured, either, it noted, with the government over time recognising only Sunni Muslims.

“Over time, BN has implemented policies and practices that prefer or otherwise distinguish for special treatment,” it said.

For more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/380901?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

6 April 2017

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Abducted pastor previously accused of proselytisation bid

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — A police report was filed against Pastor Raymond Koh and two others alleging they tried to convert several youths in Perlis a month before he was abducted, the Inspector-General of Police has confirmed.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the report was being examined as a possible lead in the abduction of the Christian priest on February 13.

“We received a report of him (Koh) and a few others attempting to spread Christianity in the northern part of the country,” the IGP was quoted as saying by the Star Online news portal.

“We are looking at it very seriously and further investigation is being conducted.”

However, Khalid stressed that the public should not speculate on the case that has gained the international Christian community’s attention, saying false information and rumours could complicate police investigations.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/abducted-pastor-previously-accused-of-proselytisation-bid?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.aZRDvDdA.dpuf

4 April 2017

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Church leaders hold prayers in solidarity with Pastor Koh
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PETALING JAYA: Church leaders from different denominations came together on Tuesday night to pray for the safe return of Pastor Raymond Koh.

The leaders –  Kuala Lumpur Archbishop and head of Catholic Church of Malaysia Most Rev Julian Leow Beng Kim, Southeast Asia Anglican Archbishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing, Methodist Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik and Council of Churches Malaysia general-secretary Rev Dr Herman Shastri  – attended the prayers held at the Sungai Way – Subang Methodist Church (SSMC).

A large number of people from 72 churches attended the Ecumenical Solidarity Prayer Service which began at 8pm.

This is the first time church leaders have gathered together in a service jointly organised by SSMC and the Evangelical Free Church of Malaysia.

The wife of Pastor Koh, Susanna Liew, and her children Jonathan, Esther and Elizabeth read scripture and delivered a poem titled “Where is Raymond Koh?”

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/04/church-leaders-unite-in-solidarity-with-pastor-koh/#Csx5fy2qFb0lvEli.99

1 April 2017

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After 46 days, Pastor Raymond Koh’s family is still in the dark about what happened to him.

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KOTA KINABALU: After 46 days, Pastor Raymond Koh’s family is still in the dark about what happened to him.

“We still do not have much news about his whereabouts,” said his wife, Susanna Liew at the prayer vigil for peace and harmony held at Padang Merdeka near here.
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Some 500 people attended the prayer vigil which started at 7.30pm and ended at 9.30pm.

Also present at the event were Sabah Council of Churches’ president, Bishop Melter Tais and the council’s deputy president, Reverend Datuk Jerry Dusing.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/04/01/missing-pastors-family-still-in-the-dark/?platform=hootsuite

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Pastor Koh’s family shares tale of despair, seeks answers over abduction

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KOTA KINABALU: The family of Pastor Raymond Koh are anxious and in despair that there is still no word on him.

“It has been a difficult time for us as a family. We still do not have news about what has happened to him,” his wife Susanna Liew told a two-hour prayer vigil at Padang Merdeka here on Friday night.

She said the family was praying for Pastor Koh to be rescued and reunited with them.

Pastor Koh’s daughter Esther said that her family was confused and shocked by the abduction of her father which happened more than a month ago.

“He was a good father to me. I remember how he cooked oats for us everyday. That was his way of showing his love for us,” she said through tears to the large gathering attended by Sabah Council of Churches leaders.

Esther said that she had a lot of questions in her mind particularly as to how such an abduction could have been carried out in broad daylight in less than a minute.

She said one question she wanted answered badly is why the case has remained unresolved despite CCTV footage showing a convoy of vehicles with well trained men carrying out the kidnapping.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/01/pastor-kohs-family-shares-tale-of-despair-seeks-answers-over-abduction/#YzJkWLPzoRAtKjwc.99

23March 2017

IGP, what happened to Theory No 2?

Fellow Malaysian Pastor

With the inspector-general of police’s (IGP) statement as reported in Malaysiakini on Monday March 20 under the headline ‘IGP: No lead in abduction of Pastor Koh’, I do need to ask the very obvious question.

Referring to the Free Malaysia Today publication dated March 7, 2017 under the headline ‘IGP: Pastor Koh abduction may be over personal issues’, where the IGP shared three theories that the police were working on…

This will mean of all our dear IGP’s postulations and theories, which he himself said to the media and to the best of my knowledge, have not been corrected, retracted or denied, he is left only with Theory 2 – That Pastor Raymond’s Koh’s very professionally executed under-60 seconds abduction on Monday Feb 13, 2017 could be the work of ‘extremist elements’.

Now with his most recent statement as reported in the media – quote: “The police have no lead on the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed today.”

The question that begs to be asked is this.

As a simple right-thinking rational Malaysian would I then be right to conclude that the police after a very thorough and comprehensive investigation (after all they have had 35 days with a special task force fully committed to this investigation and with all the resources of the state at their disposal, not forgetting the actual kidnapping video to boot) have excluded any possibility of ‘extremist elements’ being behind the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh and that there is no truth or credence to this Theory 2 at all.

Dear IGP, is this what you are trying to convey to the Malaysian public with your most recent statement about being “clueless”. We know that there are ‘extremist elements’ even within your own police force and possibly other government departments that have been reported in the news.

If this is so, how can you confidently exclude the ‘extremist elements’, not forgetting their entrenched ‘sympathisers’ within possibly perhaps your very own ranks and other government agencies. Have you considered and excluded that possibility or scenario?

Instead of blaming the great amount of publicity and media coverage over this one case, can we see it in a more positive light?
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It’s all a matter of perspective and I wish our dear IGP will take the time to walk across the road and see/hear/feel what normal Malaysians are saying about this case.

Lastly, it is utterly irresponsible and nonsensical to ask the public to “shut-up” and “not to speculate”. We are all human beings who have a God-given mind to think and reason and a God-given heart to feel especially for the family.

We will use all of our God-given senses to reflect and comprehend what has happened on one of our streets, in broad daylight, in the most developed state of Selangor and then come to our very own conclusion which we then share and discuss with our family, neighbours, colleagues and friends.

Mr IGP, we are not your Year 1 or Kindergarten children whom you can order into submission. I am informed by a journalist friend that there may be some part of the news media that may have taken your advice to “shut up and don’t speculate”. I am given to understand that the Bahasa Malaysia print media and news – that apparently there is a total blackout regarding the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

As I do not personally read the BM news media, I stand to be corrected on this.

Generally we are all loyal tax-paying citizens of Malaysia who love this nation and the people that make up this nation. Incidentally we contribute towards your salary as well as the salary of everyone in the Police Department.

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20 March 2017

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GP asks media, NGOs to ‘shut bloody mouth’ as abducted pastor case stalls
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KULAI, March 20 — The police have no leads to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, confirmed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He repeated his advice to the public against over-generating publicity for the case to enable the police to conduct their investigation smoothly.

“Too much speculation in the media could endanger the victim. I am worried, because our investigation is in a stalemate as we don’t have further information on the missing pastor. I believe it is due to too much publicity.

“To the media, individuals and NGO who want to get involved in kidnap cases, shut your bloody mouth; you are putting the victim at a high degree of danger,” he told reporters here today, on the abduction of Pastor Koh on February 13.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/igp-asks-media-to-shut-bloody-mouth-as-abducted-pastor-case-hits-stalemate?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.XLPwqlcg.dpuf

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No leads in abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh: Khalid

KULAI: The police have no leads to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, confirmed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He repeated his advice to the public against over-generating publicity for the case to enable the police to conduct their investigation smoothly.

“Too much speculation in the media could endanger the victim. I am worried, because our investigation is in a stalemate as we don’t have further information on the missing pastor. I believe it is due to too much publicity.

“To the media, individuals and NGO who want to get involved in kidnap cases, shut your bloody mouth; you are putting the victim at a high degree of danger,” he told reporters here today, on the abduction of Pastor Koh on Feb 13.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2199713

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Missing pastor’s wife cites ‘professionally expert’ abduction

Thirty-five days have passed since the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

At a candlelight vigil in Kelana Jaya last night, his wife Susana Liew mentioned how her husband was abducted in a bold and expert manner, suggesting that those involved were professionals.

“We have never seen this kind of criminal violence against a man of faith known for his charity work,” she said.

On the same note, she advised against feeling hate despite being in the dark as to whether her husband is still alive.

“And yet… despite these challenges and frustrations, let us not succumb to despair and hate. If that happens, how different are we from those evil abductors who kidnapped my husband?” she added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/376322

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Mother’s death compounds grief for Pastor Koh’s wife

PETALING JAYA: The wife of Pastor Raymond Koh, saddened by the demise of her mother a few days ago, regrets that her husband was not able to see his mother-in-law before she passed on, The Star reported.

At a candlelight vigil at the Kelana Jaya lake here last night, Susanna Liew was emotionally distraught as she continued to share the suffering the family are having to endure without a husband and a father.

“We miss him a lot, especially the past few days when my mother passed away and he was not with us to see her for the last time.

“It’s already 35 days since he was taken and we do not have news about his whereabouts and who has taken him,” Liew was quoted as saying by the daily.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/20/mothers-death-compounds-grief-for-pastor-kohs-wife/

19 March 2017

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In solidarity with Pastor Raymond Koh‘s family at the candlelight vigil tonight in Kelana Jaya

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Crowd holds candlelight vigil for abducted pastor at Kelana Jaya lakeside

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PETALING JAYA: A candlelight vigil is being held at the Kelana Jaya lakeside park for abducted pastor Raymond Koh and his family.

Cars passing along the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) slowed to watch as hundreds held up candles at the dimly lit entrance to the park Sunday.

Traffic cones were placed along the lane leading to the park from the LDP for safety.

The crowd started gathering from 7.30pm and people were mingling in a friendly atmosphere.

Most of them were seen holding white candles in their hands and praying for Koh’s safe return.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/19/residents-hold-candle-light-vigil-for-pastor-koh/#22q77oFPEWSP6cK5.99

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Candlelight vigil in solidarity with abducted pastor Raymond Koh at kelanajaya lake park. He was abducted 35 days ago in broad day light (as if the abductors wanted the whole world to know). Strange . Some 300 ppl may be more attended the vigil. The ppl sang Sejahtera Malaysia b4 dispersal. It was peaceful. God bless Raymond and family. GOD BLESS MALAYSIA.
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Respect. That ‘s Marina Maththir.
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At a vigil in Kelana Jaya for Pastor Raymond Koh. It’s now 5 weeks since he was abducted with military precision in Selangor. The Malaysian authorities appear incapable of locating Raymond or the 15+ persons who abducted him. I estimate there are 300 people here. Many have never attended a vigil before.

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Making new friends at the event. I really hope Pastor Raymond Koh will be home safely. Dr Sivin Kit
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In solidarity with Pastor Raymond Koh.

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15 March 2017

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Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim denied Lam bail and fixed April 26 for mention.

Part-time Uber driver charged with demanding RM30,000 from pastor’s family

By Ida Lim

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PETALING JAYA, March 15 — A seemingly opportunistic bid to extort RM30,000 from abducted Pastor Raymond Koh’s family has landed a man in court here.

Lam Chang Nam, a 31-year-old part-time Uber driver, was accused of demanding the sum from Koh’s son, Jonathan, at Paradigm Mall at 9.46pm on March 6 in order to secure the pastor’s release.

He pleaded not guilty today to a charge under Section 385 of the Penal Code that was read out at the Petaling Jaya Magistrates’ Court.

Selangor police reportedly arrested Lam at 3.30am on March 9 after he allegedly contacted Koh’s family to demand a sum of money for the latter’s release.

However, Selangor Criminal Investigation Department director SAC Fadzil Ahmat said yesterday that the man detained with the cooperation of Koh’s family was not connected to the abduction.

“Investigations revealed that the suspect had nothing to do with the case and only tried to take advantage by extorting the victim’s family,” he was quoted saying yesterday.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/part-time-uber-driver-charged-with-demanding-rm30000-from-pastors-family?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Ride-hailing services driver charged with extorting RM30k from son of missing pastor

PETALING JAYA: A 31 year old ride-hailing services driver was charged with extorting RM30,000 from Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, the son of Pastor Raymond Koh at a Magistrate court, today.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2194350?utm_content=buffer49be1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

14 March 2017

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Man to be charged for extortion over ‘pastor ransom’
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The man arrested for allegedly seeking a ransom for abducted pastor, Raymond Koh, will be charged for extortion, police said.

“Investigations found the suspect has nothing to do with the case and was taking advantage of the situation to extort the family.

“The investigations into the abduction continues. We urge those with information to come forward to assist the probe,” Selangor criminal investigation department chief Fadzil Ahmad said in a statement.

The suspect will be charged under Section 385 of the Penal Code at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court, Fadzil said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375718?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

13 March 2017

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Don’t be distracted from ‘real’ abductors, says Pastor Koh’s wife

PETALING JAYA: The family of abducted Pastor Koh Keng Joo has today urged the police not to be distracted from the “real” abductors following the arrest of a suspect on March 9.

There has been no significant breakthrough in efforts to find Koh who has been missing for a month, said Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, who is the wife of Koh.

Referring to the arrest of the suspect, Liew said her son, Jonathan, received a number of text messages on his mobile phone that seemed suspicious and extortionate.

“On Wednesday, March 8, Jonathan alerted the police to these messages, whose quick work on this led to the arrest,” said Liew.

“While I am happy that the police acted swiftly on this matter, I hope that the arrest does not distract attention away from the real abductors and their accomplices or discourage genuine informers to reach out to us.

“Today marks one month since my husband was abducted. He remains missing, and we are still in the dark as to who abducted him, why they did it and where they have taken him.”

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2191371

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Still missing after a month, pastor’s wife says abduction a blow to harmony

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The wife of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted in broad daylight, warned today that the case has been a blow to the multiracial and interfaith harmony in Malaysia.

With the mystery no closer to being solved a month on, Susanna Liew Sow Yoke urged the country’s leaders to address and allay such fears, claiming many in the public are feeling a deep sense of outrage at what has happened.

“My husband’s abduction is unprecedented in Malaysia, which has long stood as a global example of multiracial and interfaith harmony. This harmony is precious to all of us: it is the foundation on which we stand as a nation.

“For many Malaysians, the abduction of my husband, a man of faith who is known in the community for his charity work, is a blow to that harmony,” Liew said in a statement here.

Liew said besides her family, those are others who feel traumatised by the incident.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/still-missing-after-a-month-pastors-wife-says-abduction-a-blow-to-harmony?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Weeks of anguish for pastor’s family

PETALING JAYA: It has been a time of anguish for the family of Pastor Raymond Koh this past one month.

“With each passing day, it gets harder,” said his wife Susanna Liew, 61.

“For me, the initial shock is wearing off and in place of the numbness is a degree of anger. I swing from despair to hope to anger and then sadness, and the cycle is repeated. We don’t sleep much,” she said.

Koh, 62, was snatched from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 here on Feb 13. He was on his way to a friend’s house then.

There has been no news from him since then.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on March 9 over the abduction.

Liew said she knew that the police were doing their best but it was getting harder for her family to understand the lack of progress in investigations.

This, she said, had fuelled much public speculation.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/13/weeks-of-anguish-for-pastors-family-wife-hopeful-for-more-progress-in-investigations/#pToFis0PFU1cUruz.99

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A glimpse of his past

Speaking of her husband’s work, the housewife said: “He left his ministry as a pastor to focus on secular charity work because he felt a sense of obligation to the poor.

“He didn’t pick and choose whom he helped. He doesn’t discriminate on race, religion or background.”

She said Koh was the fourth of nine children in Kampung Jawa, Johor, where they slept on the floor in their parents’ two-room kampung house.

“His father owned a small sundry shop while his mother was a full-time homemaker. She is still healthy and hearty at 91, but we have not told her about Raymond’s abduction,” she said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/13/weeks-of-anguish-for-pastors-family-wife-hopeful-for-more-progress-in-investigations/#pToFis0PFU1cUruz.99

11 March 2017

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Arrest of kidnap suspect raises more questions than answers

YOURSAY | ‘A full military-precision ops to kidnap a pastor, of all people, for just RM30,000?’

Man held over pastor’s abduction after demanding ‘RM30k ransom’

Odin Tajué: Honest pastors are not rich. The pastor’s family could afford only RM10,000 to pay for information on the abduction. But their supporters have chipped in, and the reward came up to RM100,000.

Here we have someone supposed to be from the abduction party asking for RM30,000. They must have known that RM100,000 is available. Why asked for RM30,000?

Something is definitely not right here. They went through all that stop-and-grab operation for RM30,000? No, Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat, something is definitely odd here.

Unspin: The detained suspect is most likely an opportunist who was trying to take advantage of the situation.

Why would anyone want to kidnap a pastor for ransom knowing full well that pastors, in general, are not the wealthiest people on the planet?

PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) should start by searching the JPJ (Road Transport Department) database for owners of black SUVs of that particular model. There are not many black SUVs of such type on the road so one can assume that there are not many registered owners of such vehicles in the JPJ database.

Once you have the JPJ list of black SUVs, you can narrow down to those owners who might have a motive – most likely religious in nature – to kidnap Pastor Raymond Koh. Thereafter, you can interrogate the “prime suspects” until you get to the bottom of it.

Whatsup: A full military-precision ops to kidnap a pastor, of all people, for just RM30,000? Whose sick mind planned this? Let’s pray it’s not a practice run.

Roar For Truth: Indeed, RM30,000 is not sufficient to maintain the lifestyle of the more than 10 men team and vehicles used for the abduction.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375322?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Takes a Turn for the Religious Sinister Side

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10th Mar 2017 from TwitLonger
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Najib’s Msia Takes a Turn for the Religious Sinister Side @nonvitaltooth @kuanbt @_chuad @lowelsielow54 @billtay25 @chongbeng @asoknair7 @2sayornot2say
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The fate of Koh is evidently meant as a warning to non-Muslims. In the context of Peninsular Malaysia, where Malays are deemed to be children incapable of making their own decisions about religion, it is also a racist message to the non-Malay 30 percent of the population: leave us to our intolerance or we will punish you.
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In the longer run, it may also be a message to the peoples of more tolerant Sarawak (where only 33 percent are Muslims) and Sabah that they do not belong in a nation whose political leaders rely on religious bigotry for their survival.
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Two very worrying trends in Malaysia may have come together: the rise of religious intolerance and the use of murder as a political weapon.
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The well-organized kidnap and disappearance of a Chinese Christian pastor, Raymond Koh Keng Joo on Feb. 13 in the middle of Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, was clearly driven by his promotion of Christianity. His disappearance and the lack of any news or ransom demand suggest he has likely been killed and his body disposed of…
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What is clear is that the broad daylight morning kidnap operation was brazen and highly organized. Witnesses and a video posted on-line reported that three large SUVs, two following cars and two motorcycles were involved, with masked men holding up traffic, blocking Koh’s car, seizing him and bundling him into one of the vehicles. Witnesses reported that there were at least five abductors, who were driving black 4x4s, and that one of them calmly filmed the incident. The operation of less than a minute took place just 100 metres from a police complex.
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Despite the evidence of witnesses and the video, the police have made no progress either in identifying the kidnappers or tracing the victim. Koh’s family has offered a RM100,000 (US$22,500) reward for his safe return but there has been no response. It is not clear how much effort an increasingly politicized police force has invested in finding Koh and his kidnappers.
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Koh was viewed by some Christian groups as being too high-profile for his own good given the rise in Muslim fanaticism in what is supposed to be multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation. In 2011 Koh was accused by the Selangor Religious Affairs Department of trying to convert Malays to Christianity. However, the issue was dropped due lack of evidence.

One the Islamic Hypocrite and the other the Islamic Bigot–God Help Malaysia

The kidnap and possible murder coincides with the introduction into parliament by the head of Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) leader Abdul Hadi Awang of a long-delayed bill to increase the powers of sharia courts which in turn could lead to the introduction of hudud, seventh-century Islamic corporal punishments including amputating limbs of thieves and stoning to death of adulterers, more likely, in this society, adulteresses while their lovers walk free.

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1spmni7

10 March 2017

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IGP addresses concern on revealing arrest in pastor’s case
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Asked if the disclosure could endanger the pastor, he replied: “No, no, this is with the assistance of family members. That is why we released the (media) statement (on the arrest).”

Yesterday, Selangor police chief Abu Samah Mat revealed that a 32-year-old man had been arrested over the case.

He said this was after the suspect contacted the family and demanded ransom.

“The suspect had contacted the victim’s family member a day before, asking for a sum of money for the release of the pastor,” Abdul Samah said in the media statement.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375291

9 March 2017

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Man held over pastor’s abduction after demanding ‘RM30k ransom’

According to Oriental Daily, the man had sought RM30,000 from the family.

Abdul Samah said the suspect has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375143

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Suspect arrested over abduction of pastor (Updated)

PETALING JAYA: Police have made a breakthrough in their investigation into the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo with the detention of a a 32-year-old suspect.The suspect was detained in Ampang, Selangor at 3.30am today after he made a ransom demand to Koh’s family in exchange for his release.

Koh was abducted on Feb 13.

Selangor police chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abdul Samah Mat said the suspect has been remanded for four days.

“The suspect had contacted the victim’s family a day earlier (Wednesday) and asked for an amount of ransom in exchange for his release.

“The man was remanded at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate Court to facilitate investigations under the Section 365 of the Penal Code for abduction and Section 385 of the same code for extortion,” he said in a statement today.

However, Abdul Samah remained mum on whether police have managed to determine the whereabouts of the pastor.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2188703?utm_content=buffercd35a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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World Council of Churches sends official open letter to PM on Pastor Raymond Koh‘s abduction.

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“(Pastor Raymond Koh) has been accused of proselytizing and has received threats on several occasions.”

8 March 2017

The end for reading centre founded by abducted Pastor Koh

March 8, 2017

Harapan Komuniti will close this month due to lack of funds in the absence of Raymond Koh.

PETALING JAYA: Harapan Komuniti, the reading centre founded by abducted pastor Raymond Koh, is closing this month due to a lack of funds.

Sin Chew Daily today reported that the centre in PJS3/48 here would close because funds had dried up and no one had stepped forward to help.

A worker named Sri Ram told the Chinese daily that no one was providing the money to run the centre.

He said the pastor was the person who collected donations from the public to fund operations.

“He is the spiritual leader of the centre.

“He comes here three times a month and talks to the children and teenagers at the centre,” he told the Chinese daily.

“But now no one is leading the centre and donations are not coming in.

“We have no choice but to close this month,” he said, adding that he had informed the landlord and the students who used the centre of the closure.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/08/the-end-for-reading-centre-founded-by-abducted-pastor-koh/

7 March 2017

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PRESS STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2017, 10:30am (Petaling Jaya, Selangor)

Statement by Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, wife of Pastor Raymond Koh

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has shown support to my family and me over the last three weeks since the abduction of my husband Pastor Raymond Koh on 13 February, in Petaling Jaya. We are so touched by the many expressions of concern and sympathy from Malaysians of all races and religions. The candlelight vigils held on Sunday night, March 5, in so many different cities, have helped bolster our spirits and strength during this ordeal.

On Monday, March 6, my son Jonathan Koh and I met informally with YB Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. YB Tan Sri Joseph expressed his deep concern about my husband’s abduction and sympathy for us, as a family at this private, informal meeting. He asked us to have full confidence in the police and to cooperate with the police for the investigation.

On the same day, we also met with ACP Fadzil Ahmat and the police task force set up to investigate my husband’s abduction. The meeting took place at the Petaling Jaya Police Headquarters (IPD Petaling Jaya). ACP Fadzil and his team briefed me on their investigations to date. I left this meeting feeling more reassured that the police are doing their best to find my husband, even if there are no significant leads yet. I am assured that the police regard this as priority case, and have dedicated many officers to work with the task force. As this is an active investigation, I ask for the public to please give the police space to conduct their work, without undue speculation or unverified allegations.

Instead, I would like to ask you to include in your prayers, an appeal for God’s help and guidance for our police in their investigations, so that truth and justice will prevail quickly.

In this difficult time, I find solace in the solidarity and support Malaysians have given us as a family. May your continued prayers strengthen our resolve to stay true to faith, hope and love, despite the challenges.

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IGP Khalid Abu Bakar says extreme caution required in Pastor Koh case. Family says reassured by police.

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IGP: Police working on three leads in missing pastor case

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The police are working on three leads on the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Among the angles being looked into, he said, is whether the case is related to personal matters.

“We hope the family will come forward to tell us what they have not told us,” Khalid told a press conference in Penang this morning.

On the same note, he said police are also checking whether the case is related to extremist groups or whether the pastor was kidnapped for ransom.

The police chief also urged all quarters not to spread rumours or make assumptions about the case as it could put the pastor in danger.

“Blatantly, I say shut up. Let us do our work and don’t make our work more difficult. Don’t give any suggestions, incite or make the situation more tense.

“We always remind the press when it comes to kidnapping for ransom, we should not talk so much about it, and just allow us to do our jobs.

“And here, people are holding candlelight vigils. This will only put the lives of the pastor in danger,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374761?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

6 March 2017

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Many link pastor’s case to someone in gov’t, says Gerakan’s Yong
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The police have been urged to get to the bottom of the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh in order to put an end to speculations.

Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong made the call after attending a candlelight vigil for the pastor, who has been missing for three weeks, in Shah Alam last night.

“I do not want to speculate, but from my presence at the candlelight vigil, most people have the mindset that the abduction is influenced by someone of higher authority in the government. This is not good,” Yong told Malaysiakini.

Previously, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar advised all quarters not to speculate on the case, especially by linking it to religious misunderstanding.

Yong also noted there has been no demand for ransom to date, and hence it is unlikely that the perpetrators are interested in financial rewards.

“By now, our police force should have a clue on the well-organised abduction.

“More so if the CCTV clip that has gone viral is genuine, as it does not take a rocket scientist to investigate and find out the truth.

“With advance technology and resources, I am aware our police or intelligence unit has the expertise in such cases, as it has been proven in their efforts against terrorism,” he said.

Yesterday, Khalid confirmed the authenticity of the video clip, and revealed that police were working on several suspects.
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Meanwhile, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa said he is willing to negotiate with the abductors to secure the pastor’s release, if the issue is related to religion.

“I offer myself to negotiate with Koh’s abductors to safeguard the good name of Islam if the reason for the abduction was religious hatred.

“Islam does not tell its believers to hate because of the other’s religious beliefs,” Mujahid added in a media statement.

The Parit Buntar MP said if there were indeed accusations of converting Muslims, it must be proven in court instead of taking the law into one’s own hands.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374658?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

7h7 hours ago

Cops: No truth to rumours pastor’s body has been found
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PETALING JAYA: A rumour has been circulating via WhatsApp saying that Pastor Raymond Koh was murdered and his body has been found.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Mohd Zani Che Din dispelled the rumour, saying that he had not received any such news.

Similarly, the Koh family lawyer said that there was no truth to the message.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/05/cops-no-truth-to-rumour-pastors-body-has-been-found/#DkO92ir4qpdDFVYO.99

6 March 2017

Media Statement by Hannah Yeoh dated 6 March 2017

Last night, I joined hundreds of peace loving Malaysians as we gathered in Shah Alam in solidarity with Pastor Raymond Koh’s family.

I was very encouraged to see the presence of Muslim leaders at the vigil especially Mat Sabu, Dato’ Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Dr. Haji Dzulkefly bin Ahmad. And I met a young Muslim girl who came all the way from Kota Bharu to show her support last night. His abduction has truly shocked many Malaysians. The setting was in urban Kelana Jaya, in broad daylight, in front of houses and surrounded by the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong highway (with possible CCTVs).

I am disappointed with the multiple roadblocks last night at the peaceful candlelight vigil, with very heavy police presence creating unnecessary confusion. There was no provocative or political speeches. Only a simple speech by Pastor Raymond’s wife thanking everyone and urging everyone to keep praying for his safety.

I work in Shah Alam just a mere 100metres away from the vigil site and I am used to seeing provocative protests led by the infamous Jamal. The difference in surveillance between a quiet peaceful candlelight vigil and multiple provocative protests in the same vicinity is glaring to say the least.

I urge the Home Ministry and the Inspector-General of Police to deploy sufficient resources to resolve this mysterious abduction, not just for the sanity of Pastor Raymond’s family but also for the comfort of many anxious Malaysians.

Hannah Yeoh
Vice Chairman of DAP Selangor
ADUN Subang Jaya

5 March 2017

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Candlelight Vigil and Prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh Sunday, March 5 At 3 locations
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6 March 2017

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DAP: Why more cops at vigil than at Jamal’s protests?
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PETALING JAYA: Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh is disappointed with the “very heavy police presence” and road blocks in Shah Alam last night during a peaceful candlelight vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh, calling it unwarranted.

Comparing it with the surveillance and level of security in place during the provocative protests led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos in recent months, Yeoh said the difference was “glaring to say the least”.

“The multiple roadblocks and very heavy police presence created unnecessary confusion. There were no provocative or political speeches. Only a simple speech by Pastor Raymond’s wife thanking everyone and urging everyone to keep praying for his safety.

“I work in Shah Alam just a mere 100 metres away from the vigil site and I am used to seeing provocative protests led by the infamous Jamal.

“The difference in surveillance between a quiet peaceful candlelight vigil and multiple provocative protests in the same vicinity is glaring to say the least,” the Selangor DAP vice-chairman said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/06/dap-why-more-cops-at-vigil-than-at-jamals-protests/

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5 March 2017

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Police prevent candlelight vigil for missing pastor

 SHAH ALAM: About 500 people have turned up for a candle light vigil for pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted in broad daylight on Feb 13.
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The group started gathering at about 8pm but was prevented from assembling at the Shah Alam Police District Headquarters (IPD) by cops, who closed off all access roads to the station.

They instead gathered at the Seksyen 9 commercial centre near Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah where a group prayer was held.
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Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv questioned if the blockades were necessary as the vigil was evidently peaceful and they should have engaged the people instead.

Also present was Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, Seri Andalas assemblyman Dr. Xavier Jayakumar, Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen, and human rights lawyer Andrew Khoo.

The group dispersed at 9.40pm without incidences.

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Candlelight vigils held around the country for missing pastor

SHAH ALAM: Hundreds of Malaysians gathered at candlelight vigils around the country on Sunday to stand in solidarity with the family of missing pastor Raymond Koh.

There was a heavy police presence as the crowd held a vigil in front of some shophouses here, after they were prevented from gathering near the Selangor police headquarters.

The crowd was seen holding placards that read “Where is Pastor Raymond” and “Let Raymond go”.

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In MALACCA, some 150 people held another candlelight vigil for Koh at the Stadthuys building in Banda Hilir.

Spokesman for the group Dr Wong Fort Pin said the crowd from all walks of life gathered to pray for Koh’s safety.

“We hope the abducted pastor is returned to his family soon,” he said.

Passers-by and tourists joined the vigil, which ended at 9.15pm.

Similar vigils were also held in George Town and Johor Baru.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/05/candlelight-vigils-held-around-the-country-for-missing-pastor/#qAqjY7PmhBzWCYYG.99

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Tears as hundreds hold vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh via /r/malaysia

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Where is Pastor Raymond Koh? – Vigil at Georgetown’s Speakers’ Corner, Padang Kota Lama
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Solidarity vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh starting in an hour. A fellow Malaysian has been missing since Feb 13….

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Cops probing authenticity of alleged CCTV footage of pastor’s abduction

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — The police are probing the authenticity of a video allegedly showing a close-circuit television (CCTV) recording of Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction.

When asked if the alleged video footage is genuine, SAC Fadzil Ahmat, the head of the Selangor police’s special task force probing Koh’s abduction, told Malay Mail Online that it is “under investigations”.

Fadzil also said it was still unknown who had produced or circulated the video, confirming that the police will be carrying out an investigation to identify those who made or circulated the video.

Earlier today, Koh’s son Jonathan Koh said the family is unfamiliar with the CCTV footage being spread online and directed queries on video footage of the pastor’s abduction to the police.

“No, we are not familiar with the CCTV video footage that is making its rounds in social media or internet. It could be a combination of CCTV footage variously procured. We do not know who produced this,” Koh’s son had said.

Fadzil also responded to a query on whether Koh’s family is receiving updates from the task force probing the abduction.

“The investigation officers in contact with the family and giving them update,” Fadzil, who is also the Selangor police’s Criminal Investigation Department chief, told Malay Mail Online.

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CCTV shows pastor abduction happened in seconds

His son Jonathan Koh confirmed the video now circulating online is authentic.

“We don’t know how it was leaked but I can confirm that it’s real.

“It is not doctored, but was edited. The owner didn’t give permission for it to be spread on social media, so I’m clueless how it was leaked,” he told Malaysiakini.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the video depicted the Feb 13 abduction in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Police have obtained some information and are working on possible suspects, he told Malaysiakini.

He also urged those with information and witnesses of the incident to come forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374566?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Candlelight Vigil and Prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh
Sunday, March 5

At 3 locations
Shah Alam
Penang
Johor Baru

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CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PASTOR RAYMOND KOH TONIGHT
(Updated) Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tonight, Sunday, March 5, 2017, two candlelight vigils will be held at 6.30pm in Georgetown, Penang, and 8.30pm in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Let’s show support and concern as peace-loving and justice-seeking Malaysians for the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh who had been missing since Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Today is the 20th day of his abduction.
Let us join in to show support for and witness in solidarity with Pastor Raymond, his family and the Polis DiRaja Malaysia in the desire for the safe return of Pastor Koh and his reunion with his family soon.
We shall gather in support of the simple idea for Malaysians to live in peace and harmony. No banners, no public speeches, no loud hailers, and no political flags or clothing, please.
Please help spread the word and see you there!!

Please bring own placard and candle.

SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR
Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: Ibu Pejabat Polis Selangor, Persiaran Kayangan, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam

S.M. Yee (Fellow Pastor) with other concerned Malaysians.

GEORGETOWN, PENANG
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Speakers’ Corner, Padang Kota Lama, George Town.
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Yap Soo Huey – 叶舒惠 feeling concerned.
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*Candlelight vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh*
Show support and concern for the kidnapping of Pastor Raymond Koh, lost since 13 Feb 2017.

Date: 5 Mar 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Speakers’ Corner, Padang Kota Lama
George Town
Penang

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Dear fellow Malaysians,

*Call to candlelight vigil and prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh*

A fellow Malaysian has been abducted and missing since Feb 13. Let us come together in solidarity with Pastor Raymond, his family and the PDRM in the desire for his safe return soon.

This Sunday, March 5
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: Ibu Pejabat Polis Selangor, Persiaran Kayangan, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam

All peace-loving Malaysians, please come to show support to the family. We long to see justice carried out, for a family to be reunited and for Malaysians to live in peace and harmony.

No banners; no public speeches; no loud hailers; and no political flags or clothing please.

Please help spread the word and see you there!!

S.M. Yee
(Fellow Pastor)
With other concerned Malaysians

4 March 2017

5m5 minutes ago

Still hopeful despite fearing the worst via

One Man’s Meat

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Still hopeful despite fearing the worst

The daylight kidnapping of pastor Raymond Koh remains a mystery and there have been no new leads.

TODAY is the 19th day since pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo (pic) was abducted and his son, Jonathan, is still trying to keep his emotions under control.

On Wednesday night, I met the introverted 32-year-old man at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya.

“How have you been coping?” I asked.
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“What do you think happened to him?” I asked Jonathan.

“It looks like a kidnapping. Have you seen the footage?” he said.

“I have not. I’ll look at it later,” I said.

“It was unnecessary. He is an old man. It took more than 15 people to take him. You can just ask him to follow and he will gladly follow. He is that kind of person,” he said.

Jonathan described his father as a passionate person.

“He does one thing and he wants to do it well. He is a workaholic. He works, works, works,” he said.

“Why do you think your dad was kidnapped?” I said.

“It is because he speaks what he believes in and he shares his beliefs with people. He is not ashamed of what he believes in,” he said.

“What does he believe?” I said.

“He is a Christian. He practises without exception everything that is written in the Bible,” he said.

“What is your theory on why he was kidnapped?” I asked.
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“The first few days were rough. But I have been keeping my emotions in check for some conclusive evidence on what happened to my dad,” he said.

“If not, I will be in a state of limbo – not certain, not here and not there. I am just suppressing my emotions now.”
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“But the death threat was six years ago. Why has the abduction happened now?” I asked.

“There is a lot of speculation,” he said and told me what had been found so far.
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“What are you hoping or expecting?” I asked Jonathan.

“I have very low expectations,” he said.

“If he comes back, it is a huge bonus. My emotions are on hold for now.”

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/one-mans-meat/2017/03/04/still-hopeful-despite-fearing-the-worst-the-daylight-kidnapping-of-pastor-raymond-koh-remains-a-myst/#ZVAYMzhvZBCGB7RX.99

3 March 2017

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Dear fellow Malaysians,

*Call to candlelight vigil and prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh*

A fellow Malaysian has been abducted and missing since Feb 13. Let us come together in solidarity with Pastor Raymond, his family and the PDRM in the desire for his safe return soon.

This Sunday, March 5
8.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: Ibu Pejabat Polis Selangor, Persiaran Kayangan, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam

All peace-loving Malaysians, please come to show support to the family. We long to see justice carried out, for a family to be reunited and for Malaysians to live in peace and harmony.

No banners; no public speeches; no loud hailers; and no political flags or clothing please.

Please help spread the word and see you there!!

S.M. Yee
(Fellow Pastor)
With other concerned Malaysians

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36m36 minutes ago

Lee Lam Thye: Step up efforts to find missing pastor
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Lee said Koh’s unresolved abduction has attracted the attention of international human rights organisations and religious organisations and has highlighted safety issues in the country.

“It shows that anyone can become a victim and therefore precautionary measures need to be taken to prevent such incidents from happening to them and their loved ones,” he said.

He said people should never take their safety for granted, adding that anyone who is threatened or followed by strangers should inform the police immediately.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/03/lee-lam-thye-step-up-efforts-to-find-missing-pastor/#69FZIWbh1QxZHRg5.99

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4h4 hours ago

Global interest over Christian leader’s abduction in Malaysia
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PETALING JAYA: The abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh has drawn a lot of attention from international religious and human rights organisations, says Council of Churches Malaysia general-secretary Rev Hermen Shastri.

More so, with the case remaining unsolved and a mystery, especially since there has been no ransom demand nor has there been any information forthcoming since the family put up a reward of RM100,000.

“The longer it takes for police to resolve the abduction of Koh, the greater will be the speculation,” Shastri said in a statement released yesterday.

According to Shastri, many Christian groups around the globe have been sending him messages of concern.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/03/global-interest-over-christian-leaders-abduction-in-malaysia/

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‘I hope Pastor Koh is safe’

Stephen Ng

COMMENT Raymond Koh Keng Joo’s son is concerned that his father was kidnapped to be murdered. I beg to differ.
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Looking at different angles

On further discussion with Koh’s son and viewing the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage first-hand, I am convinced that the abduction was professionally executed, well-synchronised and efficient.

It cannot be the work of some rabble-rousers or terrorists. Unless the operatives are well-rehearsed in their role, the job could not have been done in just 42 seconds.

What came across as very obvious to me, as I pointed out to Koh’s son, is that the ‘operatives’ in the abduction case did not come in different shapes and sizes.

They appeared to be slim and fit for the job, suggesting that they could have been specially selected for the job. The colours of the vehicles also suggest that there is uniformity.

The SUVs are black and the Proton cars are light-coloured, another hint that they belong to some well-funded organisation. If any individual were to own this fleet of vehicles, it would have cost at least half a million ringgit, with the amount of training and rehearsal involved.

The masked men involved in the operation would have to be engaged and properly trained in order to carry out the job with great precision. The degree of sophistication of the abductors is hard to dispute.

Modus operandi

The incident involved three black (dark-coloured) SUVs. One SUV overtook Pastor Koh’s vehicle, while another tailed from behind. A third SUV was on the right side of the road against the oncoming traffic.

When all three SUVs stopped, Pastor Koh’s silver Honda Accord was boxed in by the three SUVs at 10.31:43am.

A light-coloured Proton followed from behind, tailed by two motorcyclists and a second Proton car, from which a passenger alighted to direct the unsuspecting driver of a Myvi trying to overtake from behind.

As soon as the first Proton stopped, the two motorcyclists rode ahead of the stopped vehicles. The incident happened at Jalan SS4B/10 which is a rather quiet, two-way street.

The motorcyclists’ job was therefore obviously to direct traffic coming from the opposite direction as one of the SUVs was on the right side of Pastor Koh’s car.

When the Myvi driver wanted to overtake the second Proton, one of the men got out of the Proton to instruct the driver to reverse. This was followed by one of the motorcyclists.

Everything was very well-rehearsed! By 10.32:25am, the abduction drama was over. It was very much like watching ‘Mission Impossible’…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374344?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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WHERE IS PASTOR RAYMOND KOH?

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2 March 2017

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2h2 hours ago

Council: Pastor’s abduction fans fears across all religious divides in Malaysia

The abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh has raised concerns of worrying escalation of violence against people of faith in the country, said Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).

“MCCBCHST is deeply concerned by the abduction and continued disappearance of Koh of Harapan Komuniti, a Christian outreach group that works with society’s marginalised communities in Petaling Jaya.

“The news of his abduction have fanned fears across all religious divides in Malaysian society, as it is unprecedented for a man of faith to be abducted in this way in our peaceful multicultural country,” said the council in a statement today.

“Many of our members regard this abduction as a worrying escalation of violence against people of faith in Malaysia, which may have negative repercussions on the interfaith goodwill and harmony that our country enjoys and is rightfully proud of,” it added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374315?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Too Little, Too Late? 17 days from the day Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted, the IGP responds…

IGP to order S’gor cops to update pastor’s family

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar will instruct those tasked with probing the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh to update his family on the latest developments.

“I will tell Selangor police to update them,” he told Malaysiakini.

On the same note, Khalid said the police must be cautious with regard to the information provided to the public as the whereabouts of the victim is still unknown.

“In cases like this, we have to tread carefully because we do not want to put the victim in harm’s way. This is standard operating procedure for such matters,” he explained.

Khalid was responding to a note from the family’s lawyer Phillip Koh.

Koh said on Feb 28, the family through their lawyers had written to the officer heading the task force set up to probe the case requesting for a meeting.

The family had stated that despite two police reports having been lodged, there has been no update or information from the police.

“The police have yet to respond to the request as to status of the case and to expediting the investigation of the case,” said the lawyer.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/374287?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Where is Pastor Raymond Koh?

March 2, 2017

It’s strange that no one has demanded a ransom. Was he abducted because someone didn’t like his work?

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It’s been more than two weeks since pastor Raymond Koh was forcibly removed from his car. Neither his family nor his church has heard from his kidnappers. No one has demanded a ransom.

Someone must know something.
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Who is Raymond Koh? Why would he attract attention? Is it a case of mistaken identity?

In 2004, Koh was among philanthropists who set up a community centre in Taman Sri Manja to help single mothers, drug addicts and sufferers of HIV/AIDS. At the same time, he wanted to provide a focal point for children to do their homework, and a place where they could receive free English tuition.

Few people are as committed as Koh in helping these people, whom we would consider the marginalised of the community.

A few years ago, his Harapan Komuniti organised a thanksgiving dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church to thank the volunteers, leaders, supporters and members of the community who helped or who were the beneficiaries of the centre.

It was a peaceful charity event, but the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) decided to raid the premises, claiming the event was an excuse to convert Malays to Chrisitianity. Jais was wrong.

It was clear that Koh’s tireless efforts for the marginalised did not go unnoticed and someone did not like his interaction with the community. Soon after the raid, he received a bullet in the mail, presumably as a warning.

It’s tempting to connect the abduction to the bullet incident and the pastor’s work.

It is disappointing that so few church leaders or Muslim officials have demanded urgent efforts to find Koh. Are they afraid of the unknown?

If you know something, please phone the police with any information, however insignificant you may think it is.

Do not sit quietly or say nothing. Pastor Koh was abducted two weeks ago; you might be abducted next month.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.

With a firm belief in freedom of expression and without prejudice, FMT tries its best to share reliable content from third parties. Such articles are strictly the writer’s (or organisation’s) personal opinion. FMT does not necessarily endorse the views or opinions given by any third party content provider.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/03/02/where-is-pastor-raymond-koh/

28 Feb 2017

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Missing pastor’s family wants police to scale up their investigation

“Where is Raymond Koh? Do Malaysian government officials have the answers?” asked correspondent Gary Lane in his report in the US-based Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) four days ago.

“Kidnapped in broad daylight on February 13th, the Malaysian pastor’s family has still heard no word from his abductors. They believe police investigators are dragging their feet,” said Lane who has previously met Koh.

Those close to Koh’s wife, Susanna, confided that police are more interested in finding out who Koh’s followers were and whether they were involved in “Christianisation”, a code word for proselytisation among Muslims.

If this is true, police are obviously either missing the forest for the trees or looking the other way. Likewise, Islamic agencies like Jais and Jakim and even mainstream media are invariably pursuing the proselytisation angle.

But this cannot justify his abduction which was professionally executed in under 40 seconds, according to those who have seen the CCTV recordings…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/373975?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

1h1 hour ago

Pastor’s son fears father was kidnapped to be murdered
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PETALING JAYA: The son of abducted Pastor Raymond Koh has filed a second police report on the suspicion that his father has been kidnapped to be murdered by the abductors.

In his report at the Kelana Jaya police station yesterday, Jonathan said it has been 14 days since the first missing person report was lodged and despite the reward offered, the family received no information or any ransom demand.

Jonathan said the report was lodged based on Section 364 of the Penal Code, which is kidnapping or abduction for murder – a crime punishable by death or imprisonment for a term that may extend to 30 years.

If not sentenced to death, the criminals are also liable to be caned.

Jonathan described his father’s abduction on Feb 13 as a “professional operation” based on a closed circuit television (CCTV) recording of the abduction, which has been handed over to the police.

He appealed to the police to conduct a thorough investigation to arrest the abductors.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/28/pastors-son-fears-father-was-kidnapped-to-be-murdered/#pjhP6JQLFdfXqWrk.99

26 Feb 2017

3h3 hours ago

‘The abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh is an act of sheer terror’

Jacob George

All over Malaysia, Singapore and several other world destinations and capitals, Christians gathered offering prayers for a Malaysian pastor who was abducted in broad daylight on Feb 13.

And like others, I was at one such gathering.

Pastor Raymond Koh is reported to have been abducted by a group of masked men on Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, less than 100m from a police housing complex.

According to eyewitnesses, those behind the abduction were highly-motivated, trained, they wore ski masks, there was an air of competence and confidence, you see in the likes of those highly-trained and skilled in such activities.

The episode was even recorded by one of the kidnappers, while another directed traffic.

The case is being investigated under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person.

Inexplicably, we hear nothing more, as Malaysians and the rest of the world get an overdose of the North Korean dictator’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam assassination and events thereafter, which includes a highly-dramatised version of a sweep of KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

This is not all.

I am deeply saddened that this North Korean affair seems mismanaged by Wisma Putra.

North Korea is a rogue state.

We are not.

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Sadly, the conversation among all and sundry is, while the nation gets an overdose of the North Korean affair, we hear absolutely nothing on the Pastor Raymond kidnapping front.It is also inexplicable why till today, and I stand corrected if wrong, I see not a single leader of our ruling government speaking out against this kidnapping.And why is that?What we have seen on Feb 13, 2017, is an act of extreme terrorism on a soft target.Three elements of a heinous crimeAs I analyse this heinous crime, I see three elements here – 1. Violence, 2. Fear, and 3. Intimidation – and at each element the ‘terrorists’ who carried out the daylight kidnapping of Feb 13 has met its objectives, to inculcate fear and intimidate peace loving and law-abiding Malaysians.The kidnapping of the pastor has already gone viral and world leaders and diplomats are anxiously watching its developments therein, as it will certify whether we are after all, a moderate country and followers of a Federal Constitution which paved the way for a peaceful transition and independence from our colonial masters in 1957, or slipping into anarchy engineered by a rogue group, certainly with a political and religious agenda, out to wreck whatever our founding fathers achieved?This is why I am appealing to dear friends, the no-nonsense tolerating home affairs minister and deputy prime minister, the competent and passionate inspector-general of police and his team, who are truly professionals to address and allay the fear and anxiety that has gripped minorities and especially Malaysian Christians, following this violent act of terror, exerted by a team of highly-skilled, competent, committed, dedicated, passionate, highly-motivated and financed team of actors.I pray this is not the alpha of a secular nation with laws, and with a proud history of governance entering a period of summary judgments, death squads, kidnappings and terror by a clandestine group of actors/terrorists?May the Almighty help us as we cry out in helplessness to Him.

DR JACOB GEORGE is president, Consumers Association of Subang & Shah Alam, Selangor (Cassa).

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/373823?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

23 Feb 2017

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28m28 minutes ago

Day 10 of Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction
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It has been 10 days since my friend Pastor Raymond Keng Joo was abducted in broad daylight along Jalan SS4B/10, Kelana Jaya. Up till now there has been no clue or lead, to the best of my knowledge, who his abductors are and where he may be. Even the whereabouts of the car that he was driving on that fateful day is unknown.

I would, as a friend, fellow pastor and concerned Malaysian like to post five questions for our esteemed police force to answer.

1. Was it true that the family’s initial attempt to make a missing person report was turned down due to the 24-hours ‘missing person’ rule even though at that material time, there was already evidence known to the police that he had been kidnapped?

2. Why was there no official statement from the police regarding the abduction until very recently?

3. As it happened in the daytime in a residential housing area with possibly many homes and even vehicles with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras running, have the police contacted the respective house owners and made copies of the CCTV recordings, etc? If so, until now why no clear description of the black sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and Alphard involved in the abduction?

4. With many of our main roads and highways being continuously monitored on CCTV, was any attempt made to identify the escape route of the vehicles involved in the kidnapping?

5. What possible motive would anyone have to kidnap a pastor whose lifetime passion is to help the marginalised urban poor?

I do feel our police force owe the family, the Malaysian church and the Malaysian public clear answers to the disappearance of one of our very own.

If things cannot be shared publicly, at least his immediate family should be privy to information for them to understand and know the progress, if any, about the investigation.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/373460?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Missing pastor received bullet at home six years ago

A close friend of missing pastor Raymond Koh has revealed that the latter received a bullet that was sent to his home, six years ago.

The friend, who declined to be named, said Koh had lodged a police report over the death threat.

Koh’s friend, who is director of NGO Harapan Komuniti, said the incident occurred after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) conducted a raid on a thanksgiving and fund-raising dinner organised by the group at a church in Petaling Jaya in 2011, The Star reported.

“There have been no other death threats since and I don’t know who would want to abduct or hurt him,” the 56-year-old said when contacted.

Koh, he added, had set up Harapan Komuniti in 2004 to help single mothers, drug addicts and those with HIV/ AIDS.

The community centre in Taman Sri Manja also served as a place for children to learn English, have free tuition or do their homework.

An employee at Harapan Komuniti’s centre, who also requested anonymity, said she last saw “Uncle Koh” on Feb 7.

She said even parents of the children who came for tuition classes on weekends were concerned about Koh’s well-being.

Lawyer Annou Xavier, who represented Harapan Komuniti during the Jais raid in 2011, was called in by the police to help with the investigations.

Annou said his statement was recorded. He also confirmed that others connected to the NGO also had their statements recorded.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/373449

22 Feb 2017

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22m22 minutes ago

IGP confirms special task force set up to find missing pastor
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Police have formed a special task force to investigate the case relating to a missing pastor in Jalan Bahagia, Petaling Jaya on February 14.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the task force was led by Selangor Crime Investigation Department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat.

“Police have taken statements from eight witnesses to help investigations but there were no new leads so far,” he said in a media conference in Bukit Aman here today.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/igp-confirms-special-task-force-set-up-to-find-missing-pastor?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.Wn1OhImL.dpuf

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2h2 hours ago

Cops still trying to locate abducted pastor

PETALING JAYA: Police have not given up the search for abducted pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, despite the lack of leads in the case.

OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said the police have been carrying out daily operations to locate Koh and secure his release ever since he was reported missing on Feb 13.

“We have been organising projects every day on the case, but have not come up with leads.

“I do not want to reveal too much at this point as investigations are ongoing,” he said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/22/cops-still-trying-to-locate-abducted-pastor/#A1eAU4l3E7Hp2JGj.99

20 Feb 2017

55m55 minutes ago

Authorities must explain why they can’t find Pastor Raymond Koh

Bob Teoh

COMMENT The authorities owe the public an explanation why the abductors of Pastor Raymond Koh continue to elude them. Their continued silence would only embolden the abductors and or other criminal fringe elements.

Already in the absence of information,rumours over Koh’s disappearance have gone viral and this in turn may hamper investigations and heighten religious tensions.
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“We ask the authorities to conduct a quick and thorough investigation of this incident and bring to justice its perpetrators,” CFM said.

This immediately raises the question whether Koh’s abduction has a religious angle to it. If so then this becomes more than just a police case. The religious authorities parked under the Prime Minister’s Office and those under state authorities must assist the police.

In the wake of Koh’s abduction, both mainstream and social media have been awash in speculative reports. For instance, The Star as well as The Malay Mail Online claimed Koh courted controversy in 2011 after his NGO was accused by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) of allegedly proselytising Muslims following a raid on a thanksgiving and fund-raising dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

Both reports failed to mention that Jais raided the church premises without search warrants and eventually Jais had to drop their suspicions against Koh or his NGO as they could not find any evidence.

Now that Jais has apparently been linked to Koh’s disappearance by both the mainstream and social media, rightly or otherwise, the onus is on the Selangor Islamic authorities to clarify the allegations. So too must other federal religious authorities. This is more so in the light of assurances by both PAS and Umno that the shariah/hudud bill before Parliament would not affect non-Muslims.

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A elderly pastor was kidnapped Monday, 13 February. He was said to have been driving along Jalan Bahagia in Petaling Jaya when the incident happened.

Published by Nandini Balakrishnan — 15 Feb 2017, 05:39 PM

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19 Feb 2017

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Christian Federation of statement on the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

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Malay Mail Online

CFM condemns pastor’s abduction

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) today condemned the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh, saying that religious leaders should be spared from attacks or intimidation.

CFM chairman Rev Eu Hong Seng, in a statement, also said that CFM was praying for the success of the authorities in trying to locate Koh.

“The work of people of faith in such communities must be free from threats of violence and intimidation.

“We pray for the success of law enforcement and investigating officers to locate the missing pastor and bring him to safety,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/cfm-condemns-pastors-abduction#sthash.xXSExMdT.dpuf

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4h4 hours ago

CFM: Pastor’s abduction a grave concern

The Christian Federation of Malaysia has expressed deep concern over the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh last Monday.

“We understand that Koh works with the communities and all people who are in need.

“The work of people of faith in such communities must be free from threats of violence and intimidation,” said CFM chairperson Rev Eu Hong Seng in a statement today.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/373012?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

18 Feb 2017

‘Abducted’ pastor’s family pleads for his return

Susanna Liew Sow Yoke     Published Today 7:45 pm

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My name is Susanna Liew Sow Yoke. I am 61 years old and a housewife.

On Monday, Feb 13, 2017, my husband, Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, 62, was allegedly abducted in Jalan SS4b/10, Petaling Jaya, less than 100 metres from the Kompleks Perumahan Polis.

This was confirmed on Feb 14, 2017 by Selangor CID chief senior assistant commissioner Fadzil Ahmat.

On the morning of Feb 13, 2017, my husband left our Prima Sixteen Chapter Two home in Jalan 16/18, Section 16, Petaling at around 10am to go to the Puncak Damansara Condominium in Kampung Sg Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya.

According to the police report filed by my son Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, 32, my husband left home at approximately 10am.

He then drove to Puncak Damansara where I last saw him just after 10am. He was on his way to a mutual friend’s house in Kelana Jaya to deliver some ‘belacan’. My husband never arrived at his destination.

He was ‘abducted’ in Jalan SS4b/10, Kelana Jaya, by at least five masked men while en route to our friend’s home. The abduction took place between 10.31:42 and 10.32:39am according to CCTV footage, currently with the police.

My children and I are shocked, saddened and traumatised by the events of the past week. Today, it is almost a week since Raymond was abducted and we have heard nothing.

I believe that the people who took my husband from me are no ordinary abductors because of the following reasons:

  • They were masked;
  • The abduction was professionally and deftly executed, taking less than 60 seconds;
  • The abductors had money, or were backed by money, or by an organisation with money as the cars they used were expensive SUVs, at least one of which was a black Toyota Alphard;
  • The abduction was planned, timed and executed at an opportune moment, which suggests that they were waiting for my husband who drives an old Silver Honda Accord bearing number plate ST 5515 D.

Someone in the group calmly filmed the entire abduction while other masked members of the group re-directed the traffic.

According to witnesses, at least five masked men were involved.

According to CCTV footage, at least three black SUVs stopped in the middle of the road.

I did not learn about my husband’s abduction until about 8pm when a mutual friend called to ask why my husband had not appeared for a 4pm meeting. I suspected something was wrongwhen he did not return home for dinner.

The fact that after almost a week there is only silence suggests that the abductors’ motive is not monetary gain.

Since the abduction occurred in a residential area and in broad daylight, my family and I are prepared to offer a reward to anyone who can help shed light on this distressing incident.

My husband has been involved in Harapan Komuniti, a community work project which he set up more than 10 years ago and which involves giving free tuition classes to children and English lessons to adults.

I would like to appeal to those who have taken my husband to return him safe and unharmed to me and my children.

I would also like to appeal to any eyewitnesses to come forward.

I would also like offer a reward amounting to a maximum of RM10,000 for information leading to the rescue of my dear husband. Please WhatsApp Jonathan at 01139732670.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/372968?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malay Mail Online
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Cops start probe for pastor abducted in PJ
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — The police are currently searching for a local pastor who was abducted in Petaling Jaya on Monday, and are probing it as a kidnapping case.

Selangor criminal investigation department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmad said police are still investigating the abduction of Raymond Koh.

“We’re still trying to locate and rescue the victim, including hunting the suspects involved,” he was quoted saying yesterday by news site Astro Awani.

“So far we do not know the motive for the kidnapping and the victim’s family members have not received any ransom demands from the kidnappers.”

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/cops-start-probe-for-pastor-abducted-in-pj?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.kVCxK1my.dpuf

The Sun Daily

Well-known pastor abducted

PETALING JAYA: A well-known church pastor who ran into some controversy for allegedly being involved in an unfounded claim of the proselytizing of Muslims was apparently abducted by a group of men on Monday.

Pastor Raymond Koh was purportedly driving near Jalan Bahagia, SS5 here at about 10am when he was waylaid by a van with several occupants.

According to a viral message posted in Facebook and other social media sources, the van occupants stepped out and snatched Koh before fleeing.

Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said police have received a report on the abduction and are carrying out a probe to trace the victim.
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In 2011, Koh who was executive director of community group Harapan Komuniti ran into issues with the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) when he organised a multi-racial charity event attended by Muslims and non-Muslims at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church here.

The event was disrupted when Jais accompanied by police raided the church following claims that the organising group had held the gathering in an attempt to allegedly entice Muslims to convert to Christianity.

The issue fizzled out due to lack of evidence on the allegations.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2163751

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4 Responses to IGP: Pastor Raymond Koh may have been abducted by human traffickers. Missing since 13 Feb 2017.

  1. I knew Pastor Raymond when I lived in Malaysia (2001-2007). He is indeed a kind and compassionate man. I’m hoping and praying for his safe release.

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