Raymond Koh’s Family to Hold Rally “So Malaysians Don’t Forget”

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The family of missing pastor Raymond Koh are organising a rally in Kuala Lumpur to mark the 1,000th day of his disappearance and remind Malaysians of the disturbing circumstances surrounding it.

They have not given up hope since Koh’s abduction in 2017 and will continue to press the government for answers and justice.

Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, has toured several cities to give talks on “enforced disappearance”, in relation to the abduction of her husband by the police.

The 63-year-old was invited by the US State Department in July to speak in Washington. She has also spoken in the UK, Finland and South Korea.

The aim of the rally is to keep the issue alive, Liew said.

“We have hope that he is still detained somewhere and will be found. We plan to continue until there is resolution and closure for the family,” she told The Malaysian Insight.

The rally will take place at Pullman Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on November 16.

The family intends to invite 150 people to the event, among whom are Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

The event will screen a preview of a Mediacorp documentary on Koh’s disappearance.

Liew said the family would also show a compilation of videos on the chronology leading to the abduction.

Other guests invited to speak at the event are Where is Pastor Raymond Koh co-author Lee Hwa Beng and former ambassador Dennis Ignatius.

Liew said that they want to continue holding the government accountable for Koh’s disappearance.

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“We want the government to uncover the truth of what had happened to Koh.”

Koh was abducted by masked men in Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor on February 13, 2017 while activist Amri Che Mat disappeared on November 24, 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar, Perlis.

A public inquiry conducted by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) concluded that the two men were victims of enforced disappearance.

In international human rights law, a forced disappearance (or enforced disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organisation, or by a third party with the authorisation, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organisation, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.

The Suhakam inquiry also concluded that both men were abducted by Special Branch from the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

Following the Suhakam findings, the Home Ministry set up a special task force to investigate the disappearances of Koh and Amri. The task force was given six months, starting June, to do the job and report its findings. – TMI