Candlelight vigils held around the country for missing pastor


Hundreds of people attended the vigil in Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: Hundreds of Malaysians gathered at candlelight vigils around the country on Sunday to stand in solidarity with the family of missing pastor Raymond Koh.

There was a heavy police presence as the crowd held a vigil in front of some shophouses here, after they were prevented from gathering near the Selangor police headquarters.

The crowd was seen holding placards that read "Where is Pastor Raymond" and "Let Raymond go".

The vigil was organised by a fellow pastor S.M. Yee.

"We are also here to pray for a successful police investigation into the pastor's abduction, despite the lack of significant leads so far," Yee said during the vigil.

He also said that he prayed God would open the hearts of the abductors or anyone linked to it to "repent on this horrific crime".

Yee said the vigil was not about race or religion but for the peace and harmony of Malaysia.

"This is about the abduction of a man of faith in this democratic country where there is a rule of law," he said.

Koh's wife, Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, 61, made an appearance and said that the vigil was to remember him.

"It has been 21 days since we have had any news about him. We do not know who abducted him and why.

"We pray for his safe and quick return to the family," she said, sobbing.

Also sighted at the vigil was DAP's Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, Amanah president Mohammad Sabu and Selangor Ikram chairman Norazmi Mat Noh.

The vigil ended at about 9.50pm.

In MALACCA, some 150 people held another candlelight vigil for Koh at the Stadthuys building in Banda Hilir.

Spokesman for the group Dr Wong Fort Pin said the crowd from all walks of life gathered to pray for Koh's safety.

"We hope the abducted pastor is returned to his family soon," he said.

Passers-by and tourists joined the vigil, which ended at 9.15pm.

Similar vigils were also held in George Town and Johor Baru.

Koh, 62, was abducted from his car while on his way to a friend's house in Kelana Jaya.

His family is offering a reward of RM100,000 for information of his whereabouts.

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