IGP: Police will obey calls to probe disappearances

KAJANG: The police will give its full cooperation for an investigation on the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat, for which the Special Branch has been blamed.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said the police would abide by instructions from the top for the case to be investigated.

However, he said the police were disappointed with Suhakam’s decision to make its findings public

“Suhakam should not announce the findings of its public enquiry to the people and the report should be handed to police, home ministry as well as other relevant authorities,” he said here at an event at the General Operations Force 4th Batallion Camp, Bernama reported.

Suhakam said the Special Branch were responsible for the abduction of Amri and Koh in 2016 and 2017.

Fuzi was director of Special Branch at the time.

He said police will also consider what action should be taken against claims made by Suhakam. “It seems they were out to punish us even when we have not acted on the matter,” he said, adding that the force will take appropriate action soon.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government would be opening fresh investigations following Suhakam‘s report.

He said the government would wait until a new IGP had been appointed. Fuzi is scheduled to retire next month.

On Wednesday, Suhakam issued a report following 18 months of inquiry on several missing persons and the report concluded that Koh and Amri were victims of enforced disappearance, and that Special Branch was involved.