Dr M urged to stop stalling on investigations into disappearances of Pastor Koh, Amri

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

Koh (left) and Amri

PETALING JAYA: MCA Youth has called on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stop stalling on his promise of uncovering the mystery behind the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.

MCA Youth spokesman Ryan Ho Kwok Xheng said there has been no fresh probes despite the Prime Minister's promise to do so on April 3.

"Dr Mahathir had not mentioned the cases ever since and no significant headway has been made.

"As the head of the Pakatan Harapan government, Dr Mahathir holds all resources and power needed at his fingertips to unravel this mystery.

"It is an act of irresponsibility if the premier continues to chalk up all this stalling in investigations as the fault of the previous administration," he said in a statement Tuesday (June 11).

Ho said that Dr Mahathir should be instructing Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to pick up the pace in the re-investigation of the disappearances for the sake of the victims and their families.

"Pakatan Harapan had taken advantage of these cases as political ammunition before GE14. Yet, now that they are in power, why are they not doing all they can to get to the bottom of these disappearances and make their findings available to the public as quickly as possible?

"For as long as our police leave this case unresolved, we Malaysians will never be truly safe even in our own homes," he said.

In April, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry concluded that both Pastor Koh and Amri were victims of forced disappearances.

Suhakam said direct and circumstantial evidence in both cases proved on balance of probability that the two men were abducted by state agents, namely the Special Branch of Bukit Aman.

Pastor Koh, who founded the NGO Harapan Komuniti, was believed to have been abducted by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13, 2017, while on his way to a friend's house.

Amri, the co-founder of non-governmental organisation Perlis Hope, went missing on Nov 24, 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar in an SUV at about 11.30pm.

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