FIND PASTOR RAYMOND

URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR MALAYSIAN ABDUCTEES

Open Doors' partners in Malaysia are asking us to urgently contact the Malaysian High Comissioner 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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Four people are missing in Malaysia. They were abducted over a year ago and nothing has been heard 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.

Suddenly, three things have changed.

First, Malaysia has a new government. Second, this government has re-opened an inquiry into the abductions. Third, a whistleblower has come forward with evidence of police complicity in the abductions.

Now is the time to act.

Open Doors' partners in Malaysia are asking us to urgently contact Her Excellency Dato' Aminahtun Karim Shaharudin, High Commissioner for Malaysia 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.

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PLEASE PRAY

That God brings divine appointments, resolution, and justice for Pastor Koh, Amri Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu and their families.

For wisdom for the new Malaysian government and its response to these appeals.

For Pastor Koh, Amri Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu – that they will be well and protected during this time

Find Pastor Raymond

  

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, when it must choose whether it will be known as a country where its citizens 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 our deep concern over the abductions of Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, and Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, and urge you to take concrete and immediate steps to enforce the rule of law and ensure that they receive justice. 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.

The military-precision of both Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh’s abductions, the latter of which was caught on CCTV footage, implies a coordinated attack by trained individuals. Amri, the founder of non-profit organisation Perlis Hope, went missing on 24 November 2016. His wife previously said that five vehicles blocked his car in order to facilitate his abduction. In the case of Raymond Koh, on 13 February 2017, at least 15 men in black SUVs blockaded a major road during broad daylight and abducted him. It took 10 days to form a task force for the investigation, while the family was left to search for evidence on their own, including the CCTV footage they collected on a personal security camera. Similarly, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth were last seen on 30 November 2016.

It has long been suspected that the Malaysian police were complicit in the abductions and knew the whereabouts of these four missing individuals. In the last week, a police whistleblower has come forward implicating the Bukit Aman Special Branch of Social Extremism Division (E2) in the abductions of Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat. The whistleblower also claimed that the abductions were done with the full knowledge and approval of the then-Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar.

Importantly, the informant made it clear that the Bukit Aman targeted both Amri and Raymond because of their minority faiths. Should these allegations prove true, the police and possibly several members of the Malaysian Government, made a mockery of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam); committing perjury, obstructing the procedures of the Suhakam, and demonstrating a complete disrespect for the rule of law.

These cases have become a matter of significant public interest, both in and outside 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. Concerned Malaysians, and international citizens such as myself, are also asking why the police were less than forthcoming in helping Suhakam uncover the truth, instead appearing to take active steps to interfere with its processes, going as far, at least in the case of Raymond Koh, to temporarily freeze the inquiry. 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.

I therefore respectfully have four requests:

1. I respectfully ask that all levels of the Malaysian Government cooperate fully with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into the abductions, turning over all evidence of police activity in the abductions.

2. I also urge you to take immediate measures to ensure that the rule of law apply to all citizens, regardless of their faith.

3. Additionally, I ask that you set up an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of police complicity in these abductions; and, should any wrongdoing be found, to ensure swift justice for these families.

4. Finally, I 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 citizens of Malaysia can trust their own government to enact justice.

I appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

Respectfully,

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UPDATE - August 2018

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and actions urging the Malaysian government to look into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh – your voice is making a difference. From Canada 115 people have added their voice of urging the Malaysian government to take action. Pastor Koh’s wife, Suzanna, continues to ask for an independent and impartial investigation into the matter. She has reported that two different cabinet members have now publicly called for inquiries and investigations into the abductions of her husband and three others.

At the end of July, de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong publicly stated that it is unacceptable that missing Pastor Raymond Koh and three activists have yet to be traced. Liew said instructions have been given to police to look deeper into their disappearance.

“This is unacceptable that people are missing in our country and I have asked the police to investigate deeper. We must know what happened to them and who is responsible for their disappearance,” he said. This move is to be welcomed, however further checks and balances must be put in place as the police have been accused of complicity in the abductions.

Suzanna offers her thanks for all of your support: “Prov. 31:8-9: ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.’ Thank you, brethren, for being the voice for the voiceless. Continue to pray and fight for the immediate release of Pastor Raymond Koh and others so that they may be reunited with their families and do the will of God.”

Add your voice to thousands of others calling for the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Malaysian Minister for Home Affairs to take action and look into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and three others.

PLEASE PRAY

Give thanks to God for the increasing global awareness of Pastor Koh’s plight, and pray that it would lead to finding him and the other abductees

For protection for all involved in the case, that those coming forward with information will have the confidence to testify and that there will be no backlash

For wisdom for the new Malaysian government and its response to these appeals

WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING

Four people are missing in Malaysia. They were abducted almost two years ago and nothing has been heard 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.