Pastor Raymond Koh disappeared on February 13, 2017.
Over the last four years, his wife, Susanna Koh, has been actively searching for her missing husband, trying to answer the question of where he is now. Because she has continued to speak out, and with the help of national and international media attention, the case has stayed active even after all this time.
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Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Sitepu have been missing since November 2016. No one has seen, heard of or heard from the couple since then. Amri Che Mat was last seen on 24 November 2016. His car was found abandoned with the windows smashed at a construction site at Bukit Chabang, Kangar, Perlis.
Less than 3 months later, Pastor Raymond Koh disappeared. He was last seen on 13 February 2017. A police report was filed stating that at 10:45 on the same day a car was “boxed” by three vehicles. The driver was seen being dragged out of his car and put in one of the vehicles. The driver is believed to be Pastor Raymond Koh. The abduction was recorded by a nearby CCTV camera.
Joshua Hilmi, Ruth Sitepu and Pastor Koh were under scrutiny for their religious activities, namely proselytizing to Muslims, which is illegal under the law. Amri Che Mat is a Muslim, converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. He had also been accused and suspected of being involved in proselytization activities.
The National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) conducted a public enquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Koh and Amri Che Mat. In its final decisions, SUHAKAM determined that both individuals are victims of enforced disappearance carried out by agents of the state, namely the Special Branch, an intelligence unit affiliated with the Malaysian Police. As a result of both inquiries, the government formed a Special Task Force to look into the matter and establish the whereabouts of both individuals. The task force was scheduled to publish a report with the findings of its investigations within six months since its creation, which was December 2019.
In January 2020, Muhyiddin Yassin, the Home Minister at the time, said that the task force needed more time to complete the report and stated that he expected the report to be ready within a month. The task force has yet to publish this report.
In February 2020, Susanna Koh, Pastor Raymond Koh’s wife, having received no updates on Pastor Koh’s case, filed a lawsuit against former inspector-generals of the police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun over the incident. Susanna’s lawyer, Datuk Gerald Gomez, explained that they could not wait as any action against the government and public servants was time-bound for three years only, after which no action can be taken against them.
A SUHAKAM enquiry into the disappearance of Joshua Hilmi and Ruth Sitepu is ongoing, the final decision has been delayed because of COVID.
Susanna Koh sat down with Open Doors Canada to talk about her husband, the ongoing search for him, and how she has remained hopeful over the last four years. Listen to the interview on the World Watch Weekly podcast.
Feb. 13, 2017 - While driving to meet some friends, Raymond is stopped by a group of men in three black SUVs. They lured him out of his car, into the SUVs, and drove away. The interaction is captured on CCTV.
Feb. 14, 2017 - Raymond's son Jonathan files a missing person report.
Feb. 22, 2017 - Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Abu Bakar (IGP Khalid) tells the press that the police have set up a task force to investigate the disappearance of Raymond Koh.
Feb. 27, 2017 - Jonathan Koh launches a second a second police report based on Section 364 of the Penal Code, kidnapping with intent to murder.
March 20, 2017 - IGP Khalid admits the task force is at a stalemate.
March 23, 2017 - Khalid tells the family to not speak with the press, as this "makes things difficult". He requests "no more media statements" and "no more candlelight vigils".
April 5, 2017 - A Malay newspaper publishes a report that in addition to the abduction, police are investigating reports that Pastor Raymond "attempted to spread Christianity".
April 21, 2017 - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, SUHAKAM, announces an independent investigation into the abduction.
October 19, 2017 - Public inquiry by SUHAKAM begins.
January 16, 2018 - SUHAKAM reports that they have been told by police to cease the inquiry, because the police have apprehended an individual and are charging him for kidnapping.
February 13, 2018 - A prayer event is held on the anniversary of Raymond Koh's kidnapping.
August 27, 2018 - SUHAKAM resumes the inquiry.
February 13, 2019 - On the second anniversary of his disappearance, Raymond's family presents a memorandum to the Prime Minister's office, urging him to begin a new investigation.
April 3, 2019 - SUHAKAM releases its findings in a report, namely, that Raymond Koh was the victim of an "enforced disappearance" by the state.
May 23, 2019 - The Malaysian government announces that they will set up a special task force to investigate the enforced disappearances.
October 9, 2019 - Susanna Koh reports that 20 members of the task force had questioned her and her son Jonathan. "Their line of questioning was investigating us, not finding Raymond."
February 12, 2020 - Susanna announces that she has filed a lawsuit against police officials as well as the government over the alleged abduction by the state.
December 10, 2020 - Susanna interviews with US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), who have adopted Raymond Koh as their prisoner of conscience, which means more attention and international advocacy for his case.
February 13, 2021 - Four years since Raymond's disappearance.