CAGED welcomes 2 new additions to task force

Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.

PETALING JAYA: Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (CAGED) has welcomed the appointment of Azian Umar of the MACC and lawyer Roger Tan Kor Mee to the task force entrusted with probing the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.

However, CAGED remained deeply disturbed that the home ministry statement announcing the appointments does not contain the terms of reference.

“The job of the task force is not to probe the report of the Suhakam panel.

“The job of the task force is to do what the police did not do — uncover what the police covered up and ensure action is taken against police miscreants.”

CAGED also noted that the statement does not address the conflict of interest involving chairman Rahim Uda and police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) head Zamri Yahya.

Rahim Uda is a retired High Court judge assigned to lead the task force.

The group is not satisfied with the explanation that Zamri needs to be on the task force in order to compel cooperation by police personnel. Zamri is the only police officer in the task force.

“Zamri is an interested party because he should have investigated five issues of potential misconduct by eight officers during the Suhakam inquiry. He is, therefore, an interested party.”

According to CAGED, the statement also does not address the public outcry against putting the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh on the back-burner, purportedly because of concerns about sub judice and contempt of court.

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

CAGED hopes the home ministry will engage in discussions with NGOs and others who have spoken on this issue before putting out any more statements about this subject.