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ICC Note: On May 31, Open Doors USA advocated for missing Malaysian Pastor Raymond Koh’s case at the UN. Pastor Koh was kidnapped in February 2017 in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has been criticized for its flawed investigation and its inability to locate Koh’s whereabouts. With the newly elected government, hope is high that there can be progress.  

06/01/2018 Malaysia (Mission Network News) – Yesterday, David Curry of Open Doors USA stood before the United Nations on behalf of Malaysian Pastor, Raymond Koh.

Open Doors is a ministry supporting believers around the world who face religious persecution. It seems that Pastor Koh’s faith had something to do with his disappearance.

Curry says, “He’s the pastor who on February 13th of 2017 was kidnapped in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“Now what makes this notable is he had received many threats against his life if he did not stop practicing his faith. He had a ministry helping drug addicts and AIDs victims there in Kuala Lumpur. And while he had a significant ministry, it was just a wonderful, charitable, endeavor. But it raised the ire of some extremists, or… we also wondered if perhaps it could have been government officials who on occasion have been harassing Christians within Malaysia.”

However, the investigation into Pastor Koh’s disappearance was at first misdirected and ineffective and now has been dropped altogether. A man named Lam Chang Nam was charged for the kidnapping, but the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) is looking into the case further. There are suspicions that the charges against Nam were made up.

Who is Behind Pastor Koh’s Kidnapping?

And now it’s looking more and more like the government played a role in the kidnapping.

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