KUALA LUMPUR: Four families of alleged high-profile murder victims and missing persons are appealing to the public to help them obtain justice, after claiming the Pakatan Harapan government has failed to deliver on its promise to solve the cases.
The families of the late political aide Teoh Beng Hock, politician Bill Kayong and Customs officer Anisah Ali, and the missing pastor, Raymond Koh, hoped the public will put pressure on the police to solve the cases.
They said they can do this by “calling the law enforcers as often as possible” and “keeping the incidents alive in the social media”.
At a public forum on “Waiting for Justice in 2020” held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here last night, Teoh’s sister Lee Lan said she and her parents have been waiting “day and night” for justice since he died in July 2009 at the building housing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Shah Alam.
“We could not do anything because the government was under BN. DAP and PKR, who fought for justice, are now in the government but everyone is speculating that it may be hard for them to get evidence,” she said.
But that is far from the truth, she said, because there were so many MACC officers when the incident took place and “not all of them were involved with his death”.
“There are witnesses who know the real story,” she said, urging Putrajaya to call on them to testify.
Lee Lan hoped there will not be any more custodial deaths as “the pain is just unbearable”, and urged Malaysians to call police stations as often as possible to put pressure on them to investigate the case.
Family ‘frozen in grief’, says Pastor Koh’s wife
Koh’s wife Susanna described his disappearance as “tragic and traumatising”, saying her family members are “frozen in grief” as they do not know if he is alive or dead.
“Because we did not have a funeral, everyday is a funeral,” she said.
She said the cases involving Koh and missing social activist Amri Che Mat of Perlis have been classified as enforced disappearances, with the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) stating after an 18-month inquiry that they were abducted by the Special Branch.
She said Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had promised to get to the bottom of the matter but “we have not heard from him”.
Asked by one of the participants if Koh was involved in proselytising Muslims in 2011, she said no.
Susanna said Koh had received two bullets in an envelope after a “thanksgiving” event held on the ground floor of a church building “where we did not have any bibles”.
She said the public can continue to keep the matter “alive” on social media and putting pressure on the authorities for answers.
“Write to the inspector-general of police and the attorney-general. Be the voice for the voiceless,” she said.
Murder masterminds still free, claims Bill Kayong’s brother
Francis Mancha, the elder brother of Miri PKR secretary Bill Kayong, who died in a shooting in June 2016, said justice has not been served despite a court hearing.
He claimed the “masterminds” behind the killing of his brother, who was actively involved in fighting for native land rights in Sarawak, are still free.
Of the 40 witnesses who were supposed to be have been called, he said, only 28 testified and they did not include the “main witnesses.”
“Why were the main witnesses not called? Why was the judge changed,” he asked.
Francis said he and Bill’s supporters want the case to be reopened.
Customs officer’s son: I want justice for my mum
It has been two years since Rantau Panjang Customs officer Anisah Ali was killed when her vehicle was rammed by “tontos” (thugs) during an operation.
“I want justice for my mum,” her son, Afiq Luqman Mohd Baharudin, 24, said, noting that her murderers were still free.
He urged the public to keep the matter alive on social media so Anisah’s killers can be brought to justice.