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We are not involved in extremism or abduction, say Perkasa, Zakir Naik

 | November 14, 2017

They object to a report which they claim has cast them in negative light in connection to the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh.

zakir-naik-perkasa-pastor-malaysia-1PETALING JAYA: Malay rights group Perkasa and Indian preacher Zakir Naik have objected to a report that quoted a witness in the public inquiry on the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh during its proceedings yesterday.

In a statement to FMT today, they said the report had conveyed a wrong and negative impression of their reputation and image, as though they had been involved in the incident.

They said they had never been involved in Koh’s disappearance and had never supported any extremist, terrorist or kidnapping activity.

They said they viewed with seriousness any reference to them being involved in the case, which is now being heard in the inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

“We object to the statement that linked Perkasa and Zakir Naik to extremism, and it should not happen again,” the statement said.

It added that an allegation made in a multiracial country and not backed by evidence from investigations could motivate and incite certain quarters to ignite chaos among people of different religions.

FMT had yesterday reported investigating officer ASP Supari Muhammad from the Petaling Jaya police headquarters as saying that extremism could have played a part in Koh’s abduction.

Replying to a question from Jerald Gomez, one of the lawyers for Koh’s family, he also said the police had yet to probe Perkasa or Naik.

“No, we have not yet but yes they are (relevant to the investigation),” he had told the inquiry.

Gomez said that Naik had given talks and held a series of conversions that took place in Arau, Perlis, on Feb 10, 2017, three days before Koh was abducted.

Gomez also said Perkasa was known to have defended Naik, who is wanted in India for terrorism and money-laundering investigations.

When asked if the police were also investigating Naik’s activities or groups linked to him who had held a series of conversions of non-Muslims to Islam, Supari said the police had not.

He said extremism was a lead in the case, but he did not see the point in investigating them.

Clips from CCTV recordings showed Koh being waylaid by a number of people in several vehicles along a street in Kelana Jaya before he was whisked away in the Feb 13 incident.

The Suhakam inquiry will consider, among other things, whether the cases of Koh, activist Amri Che Mat, and Pastor Joshua Hilmy and wife Ruth, were cases of enforced or involuntary disappearance as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Amri, 44, who co-founded charity organisation Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24 last year.

His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, said witnesses saw five vehicles blocking the path of Amri’s car before he was whisked away, just 550 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.

Joshua and Ruth, meanwhile, were last seen on Nov 30 last year. A police report was lodged in Klang but the case was referred to Petaling Jaya police as the complainant said the missing persons lived in Kampung Tunku.

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