KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Peter Chong, who was reported missing last week, is in Thailand although police are not sure why he is there, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar revealed.
“He had crossed the border on April 7 at 6.30am. We have pictures of him boarding a bus at the Bukit Kayu Hitam border and there is no record of him re-entering the country,” he told reporters after attending the monthly assembly here this morning.
Bukit Kayu Hitam is a town in Kedah.
Chong, who is the former aide to PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa, was said to have disappeared after he was confronted by a stranger who remarked that he had been seen at a vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh, who has been missing since Feb 13.
On March 31, he wrote about a “strange experience” in a posting on his Facebook page. Chong had written about how he was approached by a stranger while walking to a stall he frequented for breakfast, and who warned him that people often disappeared without a trace and telling him to exercise caution.
His son, Darryl, lodged a police report on his father’s disappearance on April 8 after attempts to contact him failed.
A task force was subsequently formed to look into Chong’s disappearance, which led to many speculating about his whereabouts following Koh’s disappearance.
Khalid went on to state that based on the photographs of Chong, the 54-year-old looked healthy. He also rubbished claims that the former councillor was kidnapped.
“But we are not sure why he fled the country. Was it because of a debt or was he deliberately trying to cause confusion,” he said, adding that police will take action if Chong indeed wanted to create confusion.
Khalid then revealed that between 2011 and 2015 about 13,290 people were reported missing. Of the sum, police solved 8,117 cases.