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KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — A pastor and his wife are now believed to be missing but the information available to the police now is insufficient, a report said.
According to news portal Malaysiakini, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife had been reported as missing by an individual claiming to be their close friend.
Citing a police report dated March 6, Malaysiakini said the man believed the couple have been missing since last November as they had not spoken with each other from that time onwards.
“This is not normal because we often keep in touch and contact each other at least a few times every month.
“Since November 2016, he hasn’t contacted me and my attempts to contact him have failed until today.
“For these reasons, I believe that he and his wife are missing and I am very worried about their safety,” the man was quoted saying in the police report.
While he initially thought the couple had gone holidaying, he later lodged the police report after speaking to their other friends.
The man reportedly said he could not give the police much information about the couple, also noting that he no longer had the pastor’s phone number.
“Two months ago, his number was with me. I tried calling (him) and I never got any replies.
“Then after some time, I deleted the number so I don’t have the number anymore,” the man was quoted saying.
Malaysiakini did not name the man who had lodged the police report.
Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din reportedly said police would be unable to find the couple’s residence and verify that they are missing, if the basic information was lacking.
“We have already interviewed the complainant, and the problem is the complainant cannot give us any information about them.
“He (the complainant) doesn’t know the car plate number or their address, something that would give us a head start,” he was quoted telling Malaysiakini.
Another pastor, Raymond Koh, was abducted on February 13 and is still missing a month on. The Selangor police has formed a special taskforce to probe his case while his family has offered up to RM100,000 as reward for information that can lead to his safe return.