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Malaysia’s churches call for urgent action in missing people cases

Posted on: June 8, 2018 2:34 PM
Pastor Raymond Koh is one of a number of people in Malaysia whose kidnapping has not been solved.

The Council of Churches of Malaysia has stepped up its campaign for the release of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted 15 months ago. In a statement issued this week, the ecumenical group said that urgent action is needed to find him, Amri Che Mat, who was abducted 18 months ago, and Joshua and Ruth Hilmy, who were reported missing 14 months ago. “The authorities have not located them, neither have they explained their disappearances which have troubled millions of Malaysian residents,” they said.

The CCM welcomed an ongoing inquiry “which has succeeded in surfacing leads which may, if diligently pursued, lead to real progress,” it said in its statement. “We note especially the testimony of witnesses on 29 and 30 May that a whistle blower from the police force has alleged that the police are complicit in the abductions of Amri and Raymond.

“CCM urges the Home Minister to take immediate actions to ensure that the whistle blower and other potential whistle blowers are protected. We also urge him to assign independent investigators to ensure that all leads are faithfully and diligently followed, the victims are found and the perpetrators are effectively prosecuted.”

Amri Che Mat is a social activist. He was abducted on 24 November 2016. Joshua Hilmy is a Christian convert from Islam. He and his wife Ruth are both pastors, and have not been seen since 30 November 2016. Raymond Koh was abducted on 13 February 2017. CCTV footage shows his car being blocked by three vehicles.