Trio not abducted, says IGP

khalid-3missingpeopleKUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar today rubbished claims going round on social media that three individuals, including an activist, who went missing last year were abducted.

The IGP said there was no evidence to show that the trio had been abducted.

“So they remain as missing persons,” he told reporters after attending the monthly assembly here this morning.

While Khalid did not elaborate on who the trio were, it is believed he was alluding to social activist and co-founder of charity organisation Perlis Hope, Amri Che Mat, as well as Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth.

Amri, 44, has been missing since Nov 24 last year.

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

Joshua and his wife Ruth, were last seen on Nov 30 last year.

Khalid went on to state that police were as concerned over their disappearance as much as several quarters were, including the Malaysian Bar.

Yesterday, Malaysian Bar president George Varughese said they were “deeply troubled by the unprecedented mysterious disappearances” of at least five people, including activists and pastors, in separate incidents since November 2016.

The five people Varughese was referring to are Amri, Joshua and Ruth, as well as activist Peter Chong and Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted on Feb 13.

The IGP assured that his men will continue looking into these cases. Earlier today, he said Chong was not abducted but had gone to Thailand, as he was caught on CCTV crossing the border at Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah.

Meanwhile, Khalid refused to give any update on Koh who was the only individual that the IGP said was abducted.

“As I said before, I will never give any update on kidnapping cases.”

Koh, 62, was abducted from his car by a group of more than 10 men in a convoy of vehicles, on Feb 13.

CCTV footage showed at least three black SUVs were involved in the abduction. It was reported last week that his abduction might have been connected to his alleged attempt to spread Christianity.

The IGP told The Star that they were following that lead based on police reports that were filed by a few individuals that Koh and two others had gone to Kangar, Perlis in January to influence a group of youths to convert to Christianity.

“We received a report of him (Koh) and a few others attempting to spread Christianity in the northern part of the country. We are looking at it very seriously and further investigation is being conducted,” Khalid was quoted as saying, adding that the reports were considered as a lead into Koh’s abduction.