The police have been urged to get to the bottom of the abduction of pastor Raymond Koh in order to put an end to speculations.
Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong made the call after attending a candlelight vigil for the pastor, who has been missing for three weeks, in Shah Alam last night.
“I do not want to speculate, but from my presence at the candlelight vigil, most people have the mindset that the abduction is influenced by someone of higher authority in the government. This is not good,” Yong told Malaysiakini.
Previously, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar advised all quarters not to speculate on the case, especially by linking it to religious misunderstanding.
Yong also noted there has been no demand for ransom to date, and hence it is unlikely that the perpetrators are interested in financial rewards.
“By now, our police force should have a clue on the well-organised abduction.
“More so if the CCTV clip that has gone viral is genuine, as it does not take a rocket scientist to investigate and find out the truth.
“With advance technology and resources, I am aware our police or intelligence unit has the expertise in such cases, as it has been proven in their efforts against terrorism,” he said.
Yesterday, Khalid confirmed the authenticity of the video clip, and revealed that police were working on several suspects.
Mujahid willing to negotiate with abductors
Meanwhile, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa said he is willing to negotiate with the abductors to secure the pastor’s release, if the issue is related to religion.
“I offer myself to negotiate with Koh’s abductors to safeguard the good name of Islam if the reason for the abduction was religious hatred.
“Islam does not tell its believers to hate because of the other’s religious beliefs,” Mujahid added in a media statement.
The Parit Buntar MP said if there were indeed accusations of converting Muslims, it must be proven in court instead of taking the law into one’s own hands.
In 2011, Koh’s NGO was accused by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) of allegedly proselytising Muslims following a raid on a thanksgiving and fund-raising dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.
However, the pastor was never charged with any related offence against Muslims.