18 days have passed and Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo who was abducted on 13 February is still missing.
Although Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar said that police had formed a task force to investigate this matter, the family and friends of Pastor Koh are still left in the dark without a trace of information on Koh.
Koh’s son, Jonathan Koh lodged a second police report two days ago because of the lack of news after more than two weeks.
While they may have tactical reasons to maintain confidentiality, I urge the police to at least update the family and not keep Koh’s loved ones in the dark.
Information is important not only for investigators but also for the family waiting in suspense on this life-and-death matter for the last 18 days.
This is no ordinary crime, but an act of terror: Full security force must be deployed
The abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh is a matter of national security. The well-executed operation by the kidnappers who did it in broad daylight sends a chill to the Malaysian public.
If this can happen to a harmless and charitable person such as Pastor Koh, it can happen to anyone.
This is no ordinary crime, but an act of terror.
As such I call on the government to deploy every possible security resources to deal with this matter. In the tragic case of Nurin Jazlin, the police even sought the assistance of US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The government must therefore come forth to commit itself to employing every possible resources to rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators.
Steven Sim Chee Keong
MP for Bukit Mertajam