KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has defended the inclusion of Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Noor in the task force, probing the disappearances of pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat.
The Home Minister said that the former Royal Malaysian Police Legal Unit chief’s neutrality is not compromised, as claimed by Koh’s family.
The family had released a statement on Wednesday (June 26), questioning the appointment of Mokhtar due to his participation in the Suhakam hearing into the disappearance.
“He was not involved in the hearing. He merely attended an open session.
So, I believe his inclusion will not compromise the task force from carrying out its duties in a fair and transparent manner,” he said.
Muhyiddin was speaking after attending the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) “Sustainable Societies” programme at Rumah Puspanita here on Saturday (June 29).
Koh’s family had also said that the earlier suggestion of including a member from the Bar Council, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and a representative from a non-governmental organisation into the task force were not taken into account.
Along with Koh’s family, Amri's wife, Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, had also expressed her concern about the composition of the task force, noting that it will impact the independence and impartiality necessary for a credible investigation.
Noting the inclusion of Mokhtar in the task force, she had said that he was a member of the same division that was implicated in the flawed investigation into Amri’s abduction and later in the team representing the police during the Suhakam inquiry.
She went on to say that Mokhtar is an interested party and represents a conflict of interest.