KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — A federal lawmaker questioned today the police's inability to find new leads in the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh, saying the lack of progress belied the force's abilities.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim also repeated his assertion that Koh's abduction last year was an “act of terror”, and insisted that the government should deploy every resource to find the missing Christian pastor.
“If such incident can happen to a harmless and charitable person such as Koh, it can happen to anyone,” Sim said in a statement.
“Our police intelligence is said to be one of the best in the world; yet one year after a Malaysian was abducted in such chilling manner in broad daylight in the city, we have yet to resolve the case. In fact, other cases of disappeared persons have emerged following Koh’s.”
Sim then urged the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) to continue its inquiry into the abduction of Koh and others.
Separately, Koh's family also expressed hopes that he will be found in time to be reunited with them for the Chinese New Year.
His wife, Susanna Liew, told The Star Online news portal that her family remained hopeful of seeing Koh again.
Liew added that the past year has been an ordeal for the entire family.
“Our hope is for him to join us for the celebrations and see his mother. She doesn’t know about his abduction,” she was quoted as saying by the portal.
“It’s like a yoyo. Some days I feel hopeful but there are days I feel down. I hope no one else experiences the same pain,” she said further in the report.
Koh was abducted in February 2017, in broad daylight on a public road in Petaling Jaya, with his kidnapping captured by surveillance cameras.
Part-time driver Lam Chang Nam, who claimed trial to extorting Koh’s son last year, was charged last month at Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court with Koh’s abduction.
Lam's prosecution legally obliged Suhakam to halt its inquiry into Koh's abduction, but the commission said it was proceeding with its examination of the disappearance of other activists.