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5/31/2024 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) — The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) recently reposted a petition on the social media site X demanding answers from the Malaysian government on Pastor Raymond Koh’s whereabouts. After nearly two months, the petition has acquired 29,115 signatures.

“Pastor Raymond Koh has been missing for [seven] years in Malaysia [and] the Malaysian government refuses to provide answers,” the post stated. “Now the ACLJ is advocating for his freedom at the U.N.” 

The organization, known for its religious liberty work, filed an annual submission with the United Nations in 2023 that addressed religious liberty violations by the Malaysian government, including Koh’s disappearance.  

According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on February 13, 2017, “Raymond Koh was forcibly disappeared for his religious activity and humanitarian work.” 

Local CCTV footage revealed that Koh was abducted just outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. The footage showed Koh’s vehicle being boxed in by SUVs and other vehicles as masked men proceeded to force Koh from his car and abduct him. The perpetrators carried out the act and fled the scene with Koh within 40 seconds. 

Before his disappearance, Koh ran a non-profit organization working with HIV/AIDS patients, people with an addiction, and other individuals in need of help. Islamic authorities had investigated the organization for allegedly preaching the gospel to Muslims to convert them to Christianity. 

Koh hasn’t been seen or heard from since his abduction, and his whereabouts remain unknown. It has been reported, though not proven, that a special task force with the Royal Malaysian Police Force abducted Koh. According to a previous report from International Christian Concern (ICC), “… in April 2019, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), following a year-long inquiry, announced that Pastor Koh was a victim of enforced disappearances by state agents of Malaysia.” 

In an interview with The Voice of the Martyrs, Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, said, “… the hardest part is not knowing where he is, what happened to him, and how he is doing right now.” Liew continued, explaining that despite her and her family’s heartbreak, she has chosen to “fix [her] eyes on Jesus.” 

“One verse that I like is Psalm 46:10,” Liew said. “‘Be still and know that I am God.’ And I don’t need to struggle and strive, but I can just rest in the assurance that [God is] with me and He will never leave me or forsake me … and even though circumstances are difficult, I can see that His grace is sufficient.” 

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