Pastor Raymond Koh’s wife ‘prays’ new IGP will bring new vigour to probe

 |Aug 30, 2017
IGP Khalid Abu Bakar (left) said pastor Raymond Koh may have been captured by human traffickers.

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of pastor Raymond Koh who has been missing for 200 days, penned an open letter to retiring Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

According to The Malay Mail Online, Susanna Liew expressed disappointment over the handling of the case. She wrote that she and her family were not given updates on the investigations and instead, had to learn of new developments via the IGP and his officers’ remarks reported in the news.

She complained that police announcements on the matter were also “disturbing”, and said that these were often “sensationalist” and “inconsistent”.

The English news portal reported Liew as saying investigations appeared to have shifted towards Koh and his alleged proselytisation prior to his kidnap, rather than on locating the missing man.

“After 200 days of this kind of treatment, my children and I are disappointed and exhausted. I do not know why you and the police have chosen to treat us this way.

“You have ignored the basic obligation to update the family of an abduction victim in a professional and compassionate manner.”

She pointed out that despite Khalid telling the family not to speak to the media about the case, Khalid demonstrated a readiness to share details with the press before the family.

Liew pointed out that resolving the case was also critical for the inter-racial and inter-religious harmony in Malaysia.

Taking note of Khalid’s impending exit, she “prayed” that his successor will bring new vigour to the investigation and demonstrate the openness she has received from groups such as the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).

“As such, I wish you a happy retirement and a blessed 60th birthday on 5th September. I pray that God will bless you and grant you a good life with your loved ones after your long service to the nation.

“I am reminded that Raymond’s own birthday is on 2nd November, and I still hope and pray that he will return to celebrate this day with us,” she wrote.

Koh was taken four months ago in broad daylight on a public road in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13 by a group of masked people, and the kidnapping was captured by surveillance cameras.

The abduction raised alarm among international and local Christian groups, urging Putrajaya and the police to find him.

On June 25, police found new leads and revealed that Koh may have been captured by human traffickers and that the main suspect in the case was a notorious smuggler operating in the Malaysia-Thai border.