Two more people have been appointed to the task force investigating the enforced disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat, says the Home Ministry.
The two new members are Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) assistant commissioner Azian Umar and independent senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan Kor Mee.
The Ministry said that they had taken into account the public’s opinion, with many saying the composition of the task force should be more balanced and impartial.
With these latest additions, there are now seven members in the task force, including the chairman, former High Court Judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda.
The Home Ministry also clarified that only one of the current line-up of the task force members is from the police, namely Datuk Zamri Yahya who is the director of the police’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS), explaining that he plays an essential role.
“His membership is important to help smoothen the special task force’s proceedings as JIPS has the power under the law to call any police members to attend to testify.
“With the appointment of these two new members, it is hoped that the task force is able to carry out their duties in an efficient, trustworthy, and with integrity without raising any prejudice or doubt from any quarters,” the ministry said.
Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Noor, formerly the chief of the police’s legal unit, had voluntarily withdrawn from the task force after several groups alleged that his presence was a conflict of interest.
The special task force was formed by the Cabinet last month, following Suhakam’s verdict last April that Bukit Aman’s Special Branch was likely behind the disappearances.