Peter Chong breaks silence, stands by abduction claim

peterchong-fbPETALING JAYA: Activist Peter Chong has finally spoken out about his two-week disappearance and stood by the claim that he was abducted in Thailand.

Taking to Facebook, Chong said he had tried to lodge a police report at the Pattaya police station, where he was released after being held in captivity for three days in Hatyai.

“However, the officer there told me to make the report at the Hatyai police station, which is outside his jurisdiction, as I was held against my will in Hatyai,” he wrote.

Chong, who is a former Petaling Jaya city councillor, was addressing reports quoting Hatyai police chief Kittichai Sankatavorn as saying that he hadn’t received any report on Chong’s abduction claim.

Kittichai also said that the Hatyai police would lodge a report against Chong for making false allegations if it was proven there was no police report on the abduction.

Pattaya police chief Col Apichai Krobpet also confirmed no such report was lodged.

According to Chong, once he is settled, he would “attempt to lodge a report at the Thai embassy here, failing which I may have to go to Hatyai.

“I believe that it is important and necessary to do so.”

Chong, in the statement, also confirmed that the information Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Amar Singh provided to the press was accurate and based on the statements he gave police.

“Details of me being held against my will, as well as the reasons will remain as part of the investigations for the police to release as they see fit.”

He then expressed gratitude to Pattaya police for assisting his return home and the Malaysian police for their professionalism in handling the missing person report made by his family.

“I apologise for any unnecessary grief and anxiety they had to go through.”

Chong was reported missing on April 5 and a police task force was set up to trace his whereabouts. Last Sunday, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, through his Twitter account, announced Chong’s return from Pattaya.

Police recorded his statement on his return at the KL International Airport. Chong told police he had gone to Hatyai on April 7 to meet a source who claimed to have information on the whereabouts of missing Pastor Raymond Koh.

Chong then alleged that he was abducted and taken to Pattaya, before he was released. His son later bought a plane ticket for him to return home to Kuala Lumpur.

Khalid yesterday expressed unhappiness over Chong’s disappearance, saying the latter had wasted the police’s time and energy.