Pastor Koh’s family refused to cooperate with me, IO tells inquiry


KUALA LUMPUR: The investigating officer in missing Pastor Raymond Koh’s case told an inquiry on missing persons today that the pastor’s family members refused to cooperate with him in the investigations.

ASP Supari Mohammad, attached to the Petaling Jaya police district, told the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry that he hoped that Koh’s family could give him some lead in the case.

“As an IO (investigating officer), I was not satisfied because I did not get answers.

“His family members refused to answer my questions. Puan Susanna Liew (Koh’s wife) even shouted at me for asking questions on proselytisation repeatedly,” he said, adding he viewed this stumbling block as part of his job.

Supari was responding to a question by Suhakam commissioner Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Salleh on why he had said Koh’s family had refused to cooperate.

He added the questions related to alleged conversion into Christianity were asked as there were 78 police reports lodged against Koh in 2011 for claims he proselytised Muslims.

Supari also said he had asked Koh’s children on their father’s whereabouts four days before the incident but they could not provide him an answer.

“They are staying under the same roof but they did not know their father’s whereabouts.”

The public inquiry is chaired by Suhakam commissioner and former Court of Appeal judge Mah Weng Kwai, and includes Suhakam commissioners Prof Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida.

The inquiry will consider, among other things, whether the cases of Koh, activist Amri Che Mat, and Pastor Joshua Hilmy and wife Ruth, were cases of enforced or involuntary disappearance as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

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 before he was whisked away, just 550 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.

Joshua and his wife, Ruth, meanwhile, were last seen on Nov 30 last year. A police report was lodged in Klang but the case was referred to Petaling Jaya police as the complainant said the missing persons lived in Kampung Tunku.

Supari also said he had recorded statements from 28 people for Koh’s missing case so far, including Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officers.

“They raided Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in August 2011 due to claims of converting Muslims during an event, and made a police report on the raid,” he said, adding he visited Jais’ office to inquire about the raid.

Jais was reported to have raided DUMC six years ago over an event organised by Koh’s Harapan Komuniti.

The inquiry will continue tomorrow, with Supari continuing his testimony.