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Home Minister: No New Leads on Missing Malaysian Pastors

09/27/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – When Malaysia’s Home Minister was asked recently about the progress of two missing pastors and an Indonesian Christian, he said the police have no new leads.

On September 22, Batu Kawan Parliamentarian Kasthuriraani Patto inquired Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin about several missing persons in Malaysia, including pastor Raymond Koh, Joshua Hilmy and his Indonesian wife Ruth Sitepu, as well as rights activist Amri Che Mat.

“The police is still continuing to investigate the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh on the Kelana Jaya report 1540/2017, dated February 13, 2017, under Section 365 of the Penal Code (kidnapping or abduction of any person with the intent to cause that person to be secretly and wrongfully confined),” he said.

“So far, only one person has been charged in court on January 15, 2018, and will be tried on December 9, 2021. Investigations are also still ongoing to track down the victim,” he added.

In regard to pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, he responded that the police have yet to get any new clues to track down the victims involved and the victims’ families also did not receive any calls demanding ransom or other communications.

“Police are still working to track down the victims and the suspect,” he said.

In both missing cases, human rights groups believe that pastor Koh, pastor Joshua and Ruth might have been victims of enforced disappearance, allegedly kidnapped by the state for their religious activities. Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Although Malaysia guarantees freedom of religion, converting the supposedly Muslim ethnic Malay is forbidden. Muslim-background Christians face consequences and threats once they choose to follow Christ.

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