CCM: Unsolved abductions troubling millions of Malaysians

Ornate church interior. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, June 4: The Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) is concerned with the unsolved abduction cases of Amri Che Mat, Pastor Raymond Koh and that of Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu.

Its secretary-general, Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, said it had been over 18 months since Amri was abducted, Koh (15 months) and the Hilmys (14 months).

“The authorities have neither located them nor did they explain the disappearances of these people, and it has troubled millions of Malaysian residents.

“CCM is grateful to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) for the ongoing inquiries that have succeeded in surfacing leads which may, if diligently pursued, lead to real progress,” Hermen said in a press statement today.

He alleged that testimonies of witnesses on May 29 and 30, 2018, revealed that a whistleblower from the police force had alleged that the police were complicit in the abductions of Amri and Koh.

“CCM urges the Home Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) to take immediate actions to ensure that the whistleblower and other potential whistleblowers are protected.

“We also urge him to assign independent investigators to ensure that all leads are faithfully and diligently followed, the victims found, and the perpetrators effectively prosecuted,” he said.

Amri had gone out from his home in Kangar, Perlis, at about 11.30pm on Nov 24, 2016, in his SUV. His car was found at the construction site of the Bukit Cabang Sports School in the wee hours the following day.

Koh was abducted on Feb 13, 2017, by masked men in Kelana Jaya, Selangor. Footage of his abduction, which was captured by CCTV cameras, showed a convoy of black SUVs and motorcycles swooping down on his car.

Meanwhile, Hilmy and his wife have been missing from their home in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, since late 2016. — DayakDaily