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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Malaysian Government and IGP concerned over case of Missing Pastor Raymond Koh



Govt concerned over case of missing pastor

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PETALING JAYA: The case of abducted Pastor Raymond Koh was discussed by the Cabinet, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said his fellow minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup had been tasked to meet Koh’s family.
“The Government empathises with the anxiety experienced by the pastor’s family.
“This incident is of deep concern to the Government and the public, and the police have been instructed to investigate the case thoroughly and quickly to locate Koh’s whereabouts,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Wee said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had also assured him that finding the pastor was the police’s top priority.
He said Khalid made the promise when the MCA leadership contacted him to convey their concerns over Koh.
Dr Wee urged the public to give the police space to investigate and not to arbitrarily publish or disseminate any speculative or unconfirmed rumour, including on social network sites.
“Together with Pastor Koh’s family, we have every confidence in the police’s ability to see the case through and bring the perpetrator to justice,” he said, adding that the Government would not give up on the search.
In George Town, Khalid said he wants a stop to the speculation on the missing pastor as it was putting his (the pastor’s) life at risk.
“We have had cases where kidnap victims were held for months. The kidnappers will only respond when they feel it is safe to do so.
“When it comes to kidnapping cases, we shouldn’t talk so much about them in the open.
“But here, we have people holding candlelight vigils. You are only putting the life of the pastor in danger,” he added.
Koh was abducted from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya on Feb 13.
The family has not received any demand for ransom.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Khalid said the police had some leads on the case, and he hoped that the public would not “spoil” it.
The police, he said, were investigating the case from all angles, including kidnapping for ransom, personal issues and extremist activities.
He urged Koh’s family “to come clean and tell us whatever they have failed to tell us.”
Koh’s wife Susanna Liew also appealed to the public to stop spreading false news about his whereabouts.
“Please give the police space to conduct their work, without undue speculation or unverified allegations,” Liew said in a statement released by the family yesterday.
“Instead, I would like to ask you to include in your prayers, an appeal for God’s help and guidance for our police in carrying out their investigations,” she said.
There had been messages being circulated that Koh was murdered and his body found.
Yesterday, Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat reiterated that it was merely a rumour being spread on WhatsApp.
Liew said she and her son Jonathan had privately met Kurup, who expressed his concern and sympathy for the family.
She said they also met with SAC Fadzil and the police task force at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters on Monday, and they were briefed on the investigations.
“I left the meeting feeling more reassured that the police are doing their best to find my husband, even if there are no significant leads,” she said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/08/govt-concerned-over-case-of-missing-pastor/#UxmC31eg3sTAZyUR.99

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