Wife of missing pastor grateful Suhakam probing his case

Susanna-Liew-suhakamPETALING JAYA: The wife of missing Pastor Raymond Koh says she and her children are grateful that the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will investigate her husband’s disappearance.

In a statement she issued, Susanna Liew said she welcomed the move to investigate the disappearance of her husband as well as those of others who have mysteriously gone missing.

“We are grateful that Suhakam has underscored the right of victims and families to have access to justice and the truth, and will fully support Suhakam’s investigation, including giving our statements,” Liew said.

She was referring to an announcement today by chairman of Suhakam Razali Ismail, who said much had to yet to be done in regard to the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and Ruth Hilmi, which the authorities had yet to solve.

Koh, 62, was abducted from his car in broad daylight by a group of over 10 men in a convoy of vehicles on Feb 13. CCTV footage showed at least three black SUVs were involved in the abduction.

Many have since speculated that his abduction may have been connected to his alleged attempt to spread Christianity, although his family has dismissed such claims.

Social activist Amri, 44, who co-founded charity organisation Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24 last year. His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, said witnesses saw five vehicles blocking the path of Amri’s car just 550 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis, before he was whisked away.

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

In her statement, Liew urged others with information about these cases to step forward and give their statements to Suhakam, “especially the authorities” who have been less than transparent about their investigations.

“I also agree with Suhakam that these cases are a matter of public concern and as such, the Malaysian public has a right to know the truth as well,” she said.