For more than a year, Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh has been missing. On 13 February 2017, masked men forced his vehicle to stop, pulled him from the car, and then drove away with both vehicles – all captured in broad daylight by CCTV cameras.
Despite widespread distribution of the video footage, there have been no demands and no word on Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts.
Just prior to his kidnapping, the pastor had been the victim of multiple threats, accusing him of preaching to Muslims. After Pastor Raymond’s disappearance, family members expressed concerns that the police were investigating the accusations against him rather than searching for his kidnappers.
Last March, an Uber driver named Lam Chang Nam was charged with attempting to extort money from Pastor Raymond’s family under the guise of providing the church leader’s safe release. At the time, however, it was determined that he was not involved in the kidnapping but was rather an opportunist. In an unexpected turn of events, Lam was arrested last month and charged with the pastor’s abduction.
Pastor Raymond’s wife, Susanna, questions the motive behind the recent charges, as there are concerns about the way the investigation has been conducted. Despite those uncertainties, she is publicly issuing a plea for his safe return while thanking the Malaysian public for their support. “My wish is for Raymond to be released so he can be reunited with his family, especially (during) this Chinese New Year,” expressed Susanna.
Sources: World Watch Monitor, Channel News Asia