Human Rights Group Asks for Report on Missing Malaysian Pastor
04/07/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – It has been two years since the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) public inquiry made a unanimous decision that the Royal Malaysia Police’s Special Branch was behind the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat. However, the report has not been made public yet.
The Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) is urging the Malaysian government to release the Suhakam findings in 2019 to reinvestigate the alleged enforced disappearance of the two men.
In a statement released on April 2, CAGED said the task force report ought to be released, in view of the current allegations of a cartel of dirty cops within the police force.
It added that with such allegations being made, the image of the police has taken a beating and making the report public could help restore the force’s credibility.
According to Free Malaysia Today, the group is asking “if the same cartel is responsible for the enforced disappearances. The public must be given substantive reasons to believe that the Special Branch is not doing this to others too.”
The families of the victims have sued the government in the hope to seek the truth. Susanna Liew, the wife of missing pastor Koh, told The Malaysian Insight that 2021 is the fifth year the family spent Easter without him.
Pastor Raymond Koh was mysteriously abducted in broad daylight in February 2017. He has been missing since. The modus operandi of Amri Che Mat’s abduction in November 2016 was similar to that of Pastor Raymond Koh – several cars ambushed him, blocking his vehicle and he was escorted away. Suhakam believes that both individuals were targeted by religious authorities on allegations that they were involved in matters against Islam in Malaysia.
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