Missing pastor’s family submits memo seeking new investigation

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  • Thursday, 14 Feb 2019

PUTRAJAYA: It has been exactly two years since Pastor Raymond Koh disappeared.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of his disappearance, his family submitted a memorandum at the Prime Minister’s Office in hopes that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will order a new and independent police investigation into his disappearance and three other persons with similar socio-religious profiles.

“We are requesting that Tun (Dr Mahathir) personally order a new police investigation into these disappearances by a new team of independent police investigators.

“We ask for your immediate attention because we have no reason to believe these four persons have expired.

“Therefore, this is a matter of life and death as well as a matter of national carelessness about kidnappings in our nation,” Citizen Action Group On Enforced Disappearance spokesman Rama Ramanathan said on behalf of the family before handing over the memorandum yesterday.

The other missing persons are Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu.

Not giving up: Rama (centre) with Liew and Esther on his left and Jonathan on his right outside Perdana Putra in Putrajaya.
Not giving up: Rama (centre) with Liew and Esther on his left and Jonathan on his right outside Perdana Putra in Putrajaya.

Koh’s wife Susanna Liew and her son Jonathan Koh together with Rama, Council of Churches of Ma­­­­­l­aysia secretary-general Rev Dr Her­man Shastri and Suara Rakyat Mal­aysia executive director Sevan Doraisamy handed the memorandum to an officer who accepted it on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office.

After submitting the memorandum, Liew said the officer assured her that he would do his best to get the memo to Dr Mahathir, adding that hopefully a meeting could be arranged.

“My wish is to meet the Prime Minister and at this point, he is the only person who can direct and has the confidence of the police and the Cabinet.

“I have hope that Malaysia will be a better country because he is the Prime Minister now and he will do what is right,” she added.

Also present were Koh’s daughters Elizabeth and Esther, Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann and pastors from various churches.

Suhakam investigated all four disappearances under Section 12(1) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act.

The inquiry was concluded in December and the oral submissions will be held on March 6.

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