Suhakam to conduct own probe on missing persons cases

Source: The Star Online

Pastor Joshua Hilmy dan Ruth, Pastor Raymond Koh, dan Amri Che Mat.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) says that it will be conducting investigations into a number of missing persons cases.

Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that it would be looking into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, and Perlis welfare activist Amri Che Mat (pics).

“Suhakam calls for individuals with relevant and important information to come forward to have their statements recorded by Suhakam from now to July 7, 2017,” said Razali.

He added that statements could also be recorded on the phone via Suhakam’s complaints division at 019-333 8490. Read more

Suhakam launches independent probe into four missing activists

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Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 ― The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will carry out its own investigation into the disappearance of three pastors and a social activist who have all been missing for months.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four in investigating and locating them, as well as to serve as a “channel of communication” between the families, the police and government.

“Suhakam joins in the concern of all parties and will conduct an independent investigation into the matter in line with its statutory mandate,” he said in a statement today.

Suhakam’s statement come after it received a memorandum from local human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and other groups on behalf of the families of the missing four.

Today, Suhakam stressed that everyone has the right to not be arbitirarily deprived of their life; the right to be protected against torture, and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment; the right to liberty and security; and the right to respect for family life. Read more

Was Chong alone at border, PKR’s Sivarasa asks police

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Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa wants the police to give more details on activist Peter Chong, who was reportedly seen boarding a bus crossing the Malaysian border to Thailand.

Sivarasa said the police should reveal whether Chong was alone or if he was seen with others on the bus.

“They should also track his whereabouts and where he bought the bus tickets from. If he was carrying a bag or a luggage bag, and if he was alone or with someone else.

“It will help us understand what is happening,” he told FMT when asked to comment on Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement this morning that Chong was in Thailand.

Yesterday, Sivarasa said he and other MPs had been informed that Chong’s Facebook Messenger was active over the weekend up to the morning of April 11. Read more

IGP: Only Pastor Koh abducted, the rest just missing

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Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Bukit Aman has warned several parties including the Bar Council from allegedly confusing the public over a recent spate of missing activist, especially over social media.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said from the five cases claimed to be abductions, only Pastor Raymond Koh’s case is confirmed as one, while three other cases are classified as missing people, and Peter Chong had in fact fled the country.

“I see that it has been made viral, all these people have been kidnapped. I want to warn those who want to confuse, this is not true.

“These five people have not been kidnapped. We have proof only one person has been abducted, that is Pastor Koh,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today. Read more

IGP: ‘Missing’ activist Peter Chong in Thailand, not abducted

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 ― Former Petaling Jaya city councillor Peter Chong, the most recent activist reported missing, left for Thailand and was not abducted, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said authorities have evidence of Chong passing through the immigration checkpoint in Kedah last Friday.

“I want to confirm that Peter Chong has crossed to Thailand at 6.30am on 7th of April by bus.

“He is in Thailand. We have a photograph of him crossing the border in Kayu Hitam,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters today. Read more

Nur Jazlan rejects talk of state role in abductions

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He says police are investigating and the public shouldn't listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

He says police are investigating and the public shouldn’t listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has rejected a suggestion that political interests may be behind the abduction of church leader Raymond Koh and the disappearance of another pastor and his wife, a welfare activist and a former aide to Subang MP R Sivarasa.

“The public shouldn’t entertain rumours,” Nur Jazlan told FMT when asked to comment on such a suggestion by Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann.

Speaking at a solidarity gathering for the missing four last Saturday, Fann said: “Since the release of the CCTV footage of Pastor Raymond’s abduction, many Malaysians have come to the conclusion that this looks like a state-sponsored group.”

He was referring to social media chatter and street rumours. A point raised in the rumours is that all of the missing persons, except former Sivarasa aide Peter Chong, are associated with religious activities that Malaysian authorities may not approve of. Read more

Prove my husband spread Shia teachings, says Amri’s wife

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Amri Che Mat's wife, Norhayati Ariffin says if Muslims' faith is strong, they wouldn't be influenced. Pic from FMT News.

Amri Che Mat’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin says if Muslims’ faith is strong, they wouldn’t be influenced. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Perlis activist Amri Che Mat’s abduction was recently linked to allegations that he had in the past, attempted to spread the teachings of Shia.

His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, drew a parallel to allegations surrounding another abducted activist, Pastor Raymond Koh.

Koh had been accused of proselytising Muslims, following a raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at a thanksgiving dinner in 2011.

Whether these allegation were true or false, they shouldn’t be a reason to silence these individuals through illegal means, Norhayati said.

She added that even if it was true that her husband was a Shia, the authorities should provide proof to back their claim. Read more

Missing activists: Bersih wants urgent meeting with IGP

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Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy says having five missing activists in four months is a ‘black mark on national security’. Pic from FMT News.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy says having five missing activists in four months is a ‘black mark on national security’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has requested for an “urgent meeting” with the nation’s top cop over mysterious disappearances of activists recently.

In a statement this evening, Bersih’s steering committee members referred to the fifth missing activist, Peter Chong, saying police must act swiftly to search and rescue him along with the others.

“Bersih is totally shocked by the fifth disappearance of social activist Peter Chong.

“Indeed, this is a very sad day for all Malaysians that disappearances are happening here in our country.

“Yet, there have been few assurances or news from the police on their efforts to locate the whereabouts of these missing persons.

“Bersih requests an urgent meeting with the IGP (inspector-general of police) to obtain an update on the police actions to locate these missing persons.” Read more

Ambiga: Jika tindakan Pastor Koh salah, heret dia ke mahkamah

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Tidak kira apa yang Pastor Koh dan 3 individu lain seperti beliau lakukan, mereka tidak wajar diculik tanpa sebarang penjelasan, kata Presiden Hakam. Pic dari FMT News.

Tidak kira apa yang Pastor Koh dan 3 individu lain seperti beliau lakukan, mereka tidak wajar diculik tanpa sebarang penjelasan, kata Presiden Hakam. Pic dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tidak kira apa yang Pastor Raymond Koh dan 3 individu lain seperti beliau lakukan, mereka tidak wajar diculik tanpa sebarang penjelasan.

“Adakah mereka pengganas bersenjata? Tidak. Mereka hanya orang biasa yang membantu dan melakukan kerja luar biasa bagi orang miskin dan memerlukan,” kata Presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam), Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“Sudah tentu ada banyak dakwaan (berhubung kehilangan mereka). Jika anda kata mereka sudah lakukan kesalahan, dakwalah mereka. Read more

Police must immediately act to search and rescue of five missing activist — Bersih 2.0 Statement

Statement dated 9 April 2017

BERSIH 2.0 is totally shocked by the fifth disappearance of social activist Peter Chong. Peter has been missing for more than two days. His son has reported to the police but to date there has been no news on his whereabouts.

The police must immediately act swiftly to search and rescue Peter as well as the other four missing persons, Joshua Hilmy,  Ruth,  Amri Che Mat, and Raymond Koh.

Indeed this is a very sad day for all Malaysians that disappearances are happening here in our country and yet there has been little assurances or news from the police on their efforts to locate the whereabouts of these missing persons.

We fear for the safety and security of the five missing persons and demand that the police take greater efforts to be transparent and accountable by informing and updating on the progress of their search and rescue work. They must make this their priority as this helps mitigate some of the pains and anxiety suffered by the families of the disappeared.

BERSIH 2.0 request for an urgent meeting with the IGP to obtain an update on the police actions to locate these missing persons.

We must not wait but to protest.

Issued by,

BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee members