Pastor Koh received two bullets, death threat

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Pastor Raymond Koh received two live bullets and a death threat, following a Jabatan Agama Islam (Jais) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) 12 years ago, the missing pastor’s wife testified.

Before the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, Susanna Liew said her husband received the bullets and death threat note following the Jais and police visit to a Harapan Komuniti dinner at DUMC on Aug 3, 2011.

Liew, 67, is suing the police and government to reveal the whereabouts of Koh, 68, who was abducted on Feb 13, 2017.

“On Aug 26, 2011, we received a small package which was left at our home. It contained a note written in red and a cigarette box with two bullets. It was a death threat against my husband,” Liew told civil court judge Su Tiang Joo.

The plaintiff described the note as a warning against any attempt to Christianise Malays and carried a murder threat.

Liew explained that the DUMC dinner was merely a fundraising and Thanksgiving dinner attended by some Harapan Komuniti supporters, whereby a minority of them happened to be Muslims.

She said she and Koh were so shocked by the bullets and death threat note that her husband lodged a police report on the same day they received the items.

Liew contended though that despite the police report lodged on Aug 26, 2011, and her husband having disappeared since, she has not received a single update from the authorities on the investigation in spite of her repeated requests.

She testified that following the controversial DUMC incident, portal AgendaDaily reported a gathering took place at a Shah Alam mosque on Aug 12, 2011, which saw individuals speaking out against the fundraising dinner and expressing their support for Jais.

Liew said that the blog Wahidah BME reported that later, another gathering called “Himpunan Sejuta Umat” was held at Shah Alam stadium in October 2011.

She said this showed how the fundraising dinner was turned into a religious matter with allegations of Christianisation.

Liew claimed that besides the Jais raid on DUMC, there was a police presence in other religious matters that involved allegations of Christian proselytising of Muslims.

She cited a report by portal Ismaweb of a seminar at International Islamic University Malaysia in Gombak on Nov 10, 2015, where a senior police officer there allegedly claimed there was a movement of pretending to be Muslims to Christianise actual Muslims.

On April 3, 2019, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) concluded that Koh’s abduction was an enforced disappearance that involved the Special Branch from the police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

The following year, Liew filed a lawsuit to compel the police to reveal Koh’s whereabouts. – Malaysiakini