Task force on missing men may get additional non-Malay member

Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.

KUALA LUMPUR: The six-member task force formed to probe the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat could yet see the inclusion of an additional member who is non-Malay, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Muhyiddin said this would be on top of the replacement for a former member of the task force, former Bukit Aman Legal Division chief Mokhtar Mohd Noor, who has withdrawn.

On Mokhtar’s withdrawal, Muhyiddin said the police officer came to the decision on his own.

“He has also informed the task force and me personally of his withdrawal.

“At the ministry level, and on my own, we have already named a replacement, and I think we may be able to put in an additional member on top of this replacement.

“This new member could be a non-Malay who I feel is more suitable to sit on the task force,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house at the Police Training Centre here today.

Also present were Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador and Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.

Muhyiddin Yassin

Muhyiddin also said the task force will start its meetings either tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, with additional members.

Mokhtar had made submissions on behalf of the police during a year-long inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into the disappearance of the two men.

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

In April, an inquiry by Suhakam concluded that they were victims of enforced disappearance. A six-member task force was later announced to probe the findings.

In addition to Mokhtar, the members of the task force are Zamri Yahya, director of the police Integrity and Standards Compliance Department; Muhammad Bukhari Ab Hamid, director of operations at the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC); Mohd Sophian Zakaria, legal officer at the public prosecution division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers; and Mohd Russaini Idrus, secretary at the Police Force Commission (SPP) for the home ministry.