Another man taken away, similar to how pastor was abducted


KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced today that another person has gone missing without a trace in a case similar to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

She said that after Koh’s abduction on Feb 13, she received news that a social activist from Perlis, Amri Che Mat, 43, had gone missing.

“Even though police reports have been made, there has been no news, no follow-ups,” she said during a press conference at her office at the Dewan Rakyat.

Present at the press conference was Amri’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin, 43, who related the events on the night of Nov 24 last year when her husband was last seen.

She said that at 11.30 that night, her husband told her eldest daughter that he was going out.

She said there were cars and bikes — with their lights off but with people inside — parked near her house when her husband left the house.

“Around midnight, the cars were no longer there. The cars were there for about a week.

“At 6.30am the next day, I was informed that police had found his car. After a forensic investigation, they confirmed it was his car,” said the mother of four.

The car was found about 20km away from the house near an abandoned sports school.

Norhayati said that her husband, a forex trader, had not received any threatening call. “No one threatened him,” said the teacher.

She said she had access to his bank accounts and there were no abnormal transactions.

Norhayati added that her husband was a social activist who had organised charity projects for the poor, helped to build homes and donated rice to families.

She hoped her husband would be found and expressed her concern that there had not been any update from the police on her husband’s case.

Head of Perlis PKR, Mohammad Faisol Abd Rahman, 52, said that he had helped the family to lodge two police reports.

He said the incident could be criminal in nature because of the cars that were parked at the housing areas for several days before Amri went missing.

“On the night Amri disappeared, there were witnesses who said they saw Amri’s car being surrounded by several cars before Amri was reported missing.”

PKR’s Kapar MP S Manivannan, who was also present at the press conference, said the car of the activist was damaged but there were no fingerprints.

“It looks like the work of an expert. Organised. Done by a professional. The modus operandi is almost the same where the activist’s car was stopped by a few cars and motorcyclists.

“We see a systematic abduction trend here.”

He urged the authorities to carry out a holistic investigation since it has been four months since the activist disappeared.