NGO questions appointment of task force members


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Koh (left) and Amri

PETALING JAYA: The Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) has questioned the appointment of the members of the task force probing the disappearance of missing pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat.

"All right-thinking Malaysians must reject this supposed special task force," it said in a statement on Wednesday (June 26). 

Caged said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin must "seriously question the persons who advised him on the membership of this task force”.

Earlier, Muhyiddin had announced that former High Court Judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda will lead a six-man special task force to probe the alleged enforced disappearances of Koh and Amri. 

The other men in the task force are former Royal Malaysian Police Legal Unit chief Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Noor, Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance department director Datuk Zamri Yahya, Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission operations director Datuk Bukhari Ab Hamid, Attorney General's Chambers public prosecution division legal officer Mohd Sophian Zakaria, and Police Force Commission (SPP) for the Home Ministry secretary Mohd Russaini Idrus. 

Caged also questioned the appointment of three members of the task force, including Abd Rahim. 

It said Zamri's department should be within the scope of investigation of the task force, while Mokhtar had appeared and made the closing arguments for the police during the Suhakam inquiry.  

It added that a credible task force will restore honour to the police by revealing the truth and punishing the officers, and also to help Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador reform the police.

The special task force was formed by Cabinet last month, following Suhakam’s verdict last April that Bukit Aman’s Special Branch was likely to be behind the disappearances. 

Koh, who founded the NGO Harapan Komuniti, was believed to have been abducted in broad daylight 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, who is the co-founder of the 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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