Families of Amri, Pastor Koh concerned why task force terms of reference not publicised

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  • Thursday, 11 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: The families of Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat are concerned that the terms of reference for the special task force looking into their enforced disappearances have not been made public.

The pastor's wife, Susanna Koh, said it was a matter of concern that the terms of reference of this special task force were disclosed to the public or even to family members.

"We do not understand why it is a secret," she said in a statement on Thursday (July 11).

Koh, however, said it was heartening that Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had taken into account the views of the public regarding the membership of the task force.

"We are pleased to note that a member of the Bar Council and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has just been appointed.

"With regards to the other appointments, it would have been more appropriate if the minister had followed Suhakam's recommendations that the task force should comprise independent investigators to be appointed by the Attorney General.

"The recommendation also stated that in the event there is any conflict of interest, they ought not to be appointed.

"Task force members should not have current or past connections to religious authorities," Koh said in the statement.

Koh said she was surprised over the appointment of Datuk Muhammad Bukhari Ab Hamid, who was Jakim's legal advisor in 2015.

"The appointment of Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya, the Bukit Aman Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) director, is also a cause for concern as this was the unit that was supposed to prevent such abuses of power and the use of police personnel for criminal activity in the cases of my husband and Amri.

"Nothing has been done to bring these culprits to justice which was and is within his power to investigate. The Home Minister could have appointed any other police officer who does not have any past or current connection with these cases in any way," she said, adding that she also did not agree with the appointment of former High Court judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda as the task force's chairman.
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