KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Peter Chong, who was thought to have been abducted, wasted the police’s time and energy, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said Chong’s two-week disappearance had put the public in a state of fear, as they believed that abduction cases were on the rise.
“He (Chong) got the public shocked. So we want to find out why he did that.
“Of course he has wasted our men’s time,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman here today.
Chong was reported missing on April 5, but police later discovered that he had gone to Thailand.
The activist later told police that he went to Hatyai on April 7 to meet a source who claimed to have information on the whereabouts of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted on Feb 13.
Chong alleged that he was then abducted and taken to Pattaya before being released.
Hatyai police however said they had not received any report regarding the abduction, and that they would take action against Chong if he was found to have fabricated the incident.
Pattaya police echoed the warning, adding that they too had no knowledge of the alleged abduction as no report had been lodged.
Khalid had said Malaysian police were working with their Thai counterparts to investigate Chong’s abduction claim.
“We are checking with Pattaya police. We will wait for their response before taking further action.
“We can’t make any assumptions. Whether there was a police report or not, we will wait for feedback from there (Thailand),” he said.