Was Chong alone at border, PKR’s Sivarasa asks police

R-Sivarasa-peterchongPETALING JAYA: PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa wants the police to give more details on activist Peter Chong, who was reportedly seen boarding a bus crossing the Malaysian border to Thailand.

Sivarasa said the police should reveal whether Chong was alone or if he was seen with others on the bus.

“They should also track his whereabouts and where he bought the bus tickets from. If he was carrying a bag or a luggage bag, and if he was alone or with someone else.

“It will help us understand what is happening,” he told FMT when asked to comment on Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement this morning that Chong was in Thailand.

Yesterday, Sivarasa said he and other MPs had been informed that Chong’s Facebook Messenger was active over the weekend up to the morning of April 11.

He added that one of Chong’s friends had succeeded in calling him through Facebook Phone, although the call went unanswered.

This morning, Khalid said the police were not sure why the 54-year-old was in Thailand after finding pictures of Chong boarding a bus at the Bukit Kayu Hitam border crossing. The IGP added that there was no record of Chong re-entering the country.

He also rubbished claims that the former councillor had been kidnapped, asking if Chong was in debt or deliberately trying to cause confusion.

Khalid told reporters that police would take action if the latter turned out to be true.

Chong, who was Sivarasa’s former aide, was said to have disappeared after he was confronted by a stranger on March 31. The man remarked that Chong had been seen at a vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh, who has been missing since Feb 13.

Chong’s 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 location.

However, Khalid said that based on the photographs of Chong, the 54-year-old looked healthy.

The IGP added that between 2011 and 2015, about 13,290 people were reported missing. Of the sum, police solved 8,117 cases.