Family and friends mark missing Pastor Koh’s 63rd birthday

2nd Nov 2017

They cut a cake during a session break at the public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into the disappearance of Koh and three others.

Koh’s wife Susanna Liew expressed hope that her husband would be found soon and reunited with his family.

“We are sad because he’s not here but we are hopeful he will be released soon. We pray he will be treated well and will be in good health,” she said tearfully.

Koh has been missing for 262 days since being abducted from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13 at about 11 am while on his way to a friend’s house.

Earlier, at the inquiry, the police were compelled to hand in a document to the inquiry panel.

The panel had requested investigating officer Insp Ali Asra Abu Bakar from the Petaling Jaya district police station for his investigation diary to corroborate his oral testimony.

Insp Ali, who was initially investigating the abduction of Pastor Koh, however, said he could not give it to the panel as the case was still under investigation.

A police observer from Bukit Aman also told the panel to write in to the Attorney-General’s Chambers if it wanted the document.

However, the panel’s chairman Datuk Mah Weng Kwai said that if the panel was denied evidence on the grounds that investigations are ongoing, then they might as well “pack up and leave”.

“This is a public enquiry to achieve the terms of reference … All parties are here to assist, including the police and observer teams,” he said.

The inquiry is being held under Section 12(1) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act in connection with the disappearance of Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Sitepu.

The panel of inquiry comprises Mah, Prof Datuk Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.

Koh’s silver-coloured car bearing the number plate ST5515D has not been found.

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