PUTRAJAYA: A group formed to highlight the mysterious disappearance of four individuals more than two years ago is hoping Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will personally order a new police investigation into their cases.
Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) made the call on the second anniversary of the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted in broad daylight on a street in Petaling Jaya.
About three months earlier, Perlis-based activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth Sitepu, were also reported missing.
“Two years after a video of Koh’s abduction went viral, our police force insists it is clueless about who abducted him in what many viewers of the video have concluded must be, at the very least, a well-trained paramilitary force,” CAGED spokesman Rama Ramanathan said outside the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya today.
He urged Mahathir to order a police probe into the disappearances by a completely new team of independent investigators.
Adding that there was no reason to believe the four were no longer alive, he said it was a matter of life and death as well as national security.
“When Pakatan Harapan won the 14th general election, Mahathir announced that the new government would uphold the rule of law.
“If the four missing persons are suspected of wrongdoing, they should be investigated, charged in a court of law, tried and, if found guilty, sentenced. No one should be punished extra-judicially.”
Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, said she hoped Mahathir would agree to a meeting with her family to listen to their grievances.
“Now, during Chinese New Year, is when we miss him the most. We just visited his hometown in Johor Bahru where his neighbours asked about him.
“They were the ones Koh used to help. He came from a poor family which was what moved him to help the poor,” she said in tears.
Her daughter, Esther, also said the family was hoping that real investigations would begin.
“Now that the inquiry has ended, we hope that the government will carry on with this mandate and look into the recommendations and translate them into action.
“The progress of justice hasn’t even started. The real process begins when the true investigation starts.”