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SUHAKAM REPORT RELEASED: PASTOR RAYMOND KOH IS A VICTIM OF AN ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE

SUHAKAM, The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, released its report on April 3, 2019 regarding the disappearances of Raymond Koh, Joshua & Ruth Hilmy and Amri Che Mat.

The inquiry conducted by SUHAKAM concluded that Pastor Raymond Koh was a victim of an enforced disappearance by the state.

Due to these new developments, we are once again asking you to urgently contact the Malaysian High Commissioner to Canada and the Malaysian Minister for Home Affairs, urging them to expose the truth about the abductions and secure the release of all four.

THANK YOU FROM SUSANNA - WIFE OF PASTOR RAYMOND

“Thank you for all of your efforts. I believe God must have a reason why his release is delayed. I am reminded by today’s verse that God will fight for us. Exodus 14:14”.

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As you may know, four people are missing in Malaysia. They were abducted over two years ago and have not been heard from since.

Christian husband and wife, Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu, and Shia Muslim Amri Che Mat, were last seen in November 2016. Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in February 2017.

Yesterday, The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, SUHAKAM, released their final decisions and recommendations in the Public Inquiry into the disappearances. The report stated that “…the panel is of the unanimous view that Pastor Raymond Koh is the victim of an enforced disappearance that took place on 13 February, 2017 at about 10:45am. The direct and circumstantial evidence in Pastor Raymond Koh’s case proves, on a balance of probabilities, that he was abducted by State agents namely, the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.”

Please complete the form on your right to add your name to the letter. If you have already sent the first appeal, we ask that you please take the time to send this second appeal as well. We believe that due to this newly released report, it is time to once again urge the High Commission of Malaysia to get involved and secure the release of these four missing persons.

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PLEASE PRAY

Pray that God will lead Susanna and her family on what to do next. Also pray for His leading and direction for their lawyers and all who are directly involved in the case.

Pray for the families as they are still grieving. Susanna and Norhayati, Amri Che Mat’s wife, both cried during the proceedings as they recounted their experiences and feelings over the issue.

Pray for the Malaysian government to take positive step on the recommendations made by SUHAKAM on freedom of religion as a human right, to enable all their citizens to practice their faith without fear.

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Her Excellency Dato' Aminahtun Karim Shaharudin
High Commissioner for Malaysia
High Commission of Malaysia
60 Boteler Street
Ottawa, ON K1H 8Y7
Canada

Your Excellency,

Malaysia faces a critical moment in its history, where it must choose whether it will be known as a country where its citizenry must fear its own officials or one that enforces the rule of law regardless of a perpetrator’s rank or a victim’s religious affiliation. I write this letter to express my deep concern over the enforced disappearances of Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, and Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, and urge you to take concrete and immediate steps to ensure enforcement of the rule of law and justice be handed down for them. The reputation of the Malaysian Government, and the Royal Malaysian Police, which has historically been respected for its competent track record in solving crimes, is at stake.

On 3 April 2019, the SUKAHAM released its final reports on its inquiry of the enforced disappearances. In his opening statement the Chairman of the Panel, Dato’ Mah Weng Kai read from the report for Raymond Koh: “The panel is of the unanimous view that Pastor Raymond Koh is a victim of an enforced disappearance that took place on 13 February 2017 at about 10.45 am. The direct and circumstantial evidence in the Pastor Raymond Koh’s case proves, on a balance of probabilities, that he was abducted by State agents, namely, the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.”

Similarly, the panel found significant mishandling of any investigation by the police in all matters and found that “the public has very little confidence in the Police to abide by the rules and regulations in safeguarding the interests of the public.” These cases have become a matter of massive public interest, both in and out of Malaysia. The world is watching to see whether Malaysia will show itself as a leader in freedom and justice or continue down the path of corruption.

We therefore respectfully urge that the Malaysian Government implement the full recommendations of SUKAHAM. The resolution of these cases would go a long way in restoring the people’s confidence in the police and bringing closure to the victims’ families.

Recommendations

Furthermore, we respectfully urge you to take immediate measures to ensure that the rule of law apply to all citizens, regardless of their faith, so that the trust in the Malaysian Royal Police and Government can be restored. We recommend the following actions be taken:

1. We respectfully ask the Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to take immediate measures to ensure that the rule of law apply to all citizens, regardless of their faith.

2. We respectfully ask the Malaysian Government to set up a special task force to re-investigate the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh as an enforced disappearance case. The special task force should be
comprised of independent investigators appointed by the Attorney General who have no earlier connection with the investigation, no connection in past or present with the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, Kuala
Lumpur, nor any connection with current or past members of the religious authorities. The special task force should be given full access to all police files and have the authority to compel witnesses. It is only
in this nature that the special task force will be able to complete a truly independent and impartial investigation into the enforced disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh.

3. Finally, we ask that you throw the entire weight of the Malaysian Government behind locating and returning Pastor Koh and the other abducted individuals to their families.
This moment in history will determine whether the world and the citizenry of Malaysia can trust their own government to enact justice.

I appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

Respectfully,

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