We can’t please everyone, Dr M says after criticism of task force on missing duo

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre today.

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today defended the task force set up to probe the disappearance of a pastor and activist, saying the government cannot please everyone following criticism from the families of the missing men.

“Some people will be happy, some people will not be happy.

“We cannot guarantee 100% satisfaction,” the prime minister told reporters after launching a policy for rural development here today.

When asked if he had any issues with the task force, Mahathir said he would look into the complaints.

“Then we will deal with it and improve (on it).”

The composition of the task force, announced by the home minister yesterday, sparked criticism from the families of Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis-based activist Amri Che Mat.

Amri’s wife, Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, voiced concern over possible conflict of interest given the inclusion of Mokhtar Mohd Noor, who formerly led the Legal Department of the police force and was directly involved in the investigations into Amri’s disappearance.

Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, who also took issue with Mokhtar’s involvement, said the line-up did not include “any woman or any other member of a different race or religion to reflect the composition of this country”.

Koh has been missing since Feb 13, 2017 while Amri, the founder of NGO Perlis Hope, went missing on Nov 24, 2016.

In April, a Human Rights Commission of Malaysia inquiry concluded that they were the victims of enforced disappearance.

The panel also accused the Special Branch of being behind the disappearances.

Meanwhile, Mahathir, who is also the PPBM chairman, said there are no plans to delay the party elections which must be held by September.

In fact, he said, PPBM is of the opinion that the elections should be held earlier.

“This is as the current line-up is based on those who were appointed and sometimes they fail to expand the party,” he said.