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

HAKAM Statement: HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 10 April 2017

HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

Hakam is deeply concerned to hear that Peter Chong, an activist, has been missing since Friday the 7th of April 2017.

This is the latest in a series of such incidents where the abduction and disappearance, in some circumstances, indicate the use of extra legal means by highly trained individuals.  This has caused disquiet in the country over the last several months, as such incidents are unheard of in Malaysia.

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HAKAM Statement: HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

STATEMENT DATED 10 April 2017

HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

Hakam is deeply concerned to hear that Peter Chong, an activist, has been missing since Friday the 7th of April 2017.

This is the latest in a series of such incidents where the abduction and disappearance, in some circumstances, indicate the use of extra legal means by highly trained individuals. This has caused disquiet in the country over the last several months, as such incidents are unheard of in Malaysia.

In international human rights law, such abductions are called “forced disappearances” which are defined as secret abductions with the tacit support of the state or other organisation. This is followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts thus putting the person outside the protection of the law. Such heinous acts are a breach of international human rights laws and undermine the rule of law. Malaysia, who has twice had membership on the Human Rights Council and is now vying for another term, ought to view these disappearances very seriously.

Much as we support the efforts of the police in investigating these disappearances, much must be done (and seen to be done). We do not wish to see our country descend into a lawless state where such disappearances become part and parcel of our way of life. We sincerely hope the police will use their utmost efforts so that that all abductees will be returned as soon as possible to their families. We also urge Suhakam to act urgently to address this mater directly with the police and the Minister of Home Affairs.

Issued on behalf of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Ambiga Sreenevasan
President
HAKAM

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

Another activist goes missing

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Peter Chong ‘disappeared’ shortly after he wrote of his ‘strange experience’ of being approached by a stranger who warned him that people can go missing just like that. Pic from FMT News.

Peter Chong ‘disappeared’ shortly after he wrote of his ‘strange experience’ of being approached by a stranger who warned him that people can go missing just like that. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: While police have yet to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and three others like him, another person is feared to have also gone missing.

Speaking to FMT, Darryl Chong, the son of missing Peter Chong, said he last saw his father at their house on Wednesday.

The family lost contact with Peter a couple of days later.

“He would usually keep in touch (whenever he leaves home and didn’t return for the night).

“But we haven’t heard anything from him for two and half days,” said Darryl.

He added that the family was still determining if anything had happened to 54-year-old Peter or if he had just “lost his phone”.

“We lodged a report at the Tun HS Lee police station last night, but we haven’t heard anything from the police yet,” said Darryl. Read more