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Open Doors meets UN officials to advocate for Pastor Koh's release


05 June 2018

Thank you to everyone who has spoken out on behalf of the missing Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted in February last year.

Open Doors supporters in the UK joined with supporters in France, Australia and the USA to call upon Malaysian officials to bring justice for Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat, Pastor Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu, who were also kidnapped around the same time. Already there have been some positive developments.

The CEO of Open Doors USA, David Curry, and Tiffany Barrans, Open Doors’ International Advocacy Manager met with the Malaysian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN on the 31 May. Tiffany said, “It was a productive meeting, and he promised to send our letter and recommendations to the Foreign Ministry with an emphasis that the Foreign Minister should prioritise the matter with the Home Minister (who oversees the police).

“He was hopeful under the new government that matters like this will be resolved, and he assured us he would report back what he hears from the Foreign Ministry.”

This is a great step forward in finding answers to Raymond Koh’s disappearance. Please do continue to pray that the truth would be exposed and for pastor Koh’s speedy release.

GOD WILL FIGHT FOR US

Pastor Raymond’s family are very pleased with the outcome of the meeting and are optimistic that he will be found and released soon. Sister Koh said, “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.” (The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. NIV)

The next hearing for Raymond Koh in the Human Rights Commission is 2-3 July and the hearing of Amri Che Ma is 24-25 June.

PRESSURE FROM THE POLICE

Despite these positive steps forward there is still a way to go. The whistleblower who came forward with evidence implicating senior police officials has backtracked on his original statements. This is likely due to fear and pressure from the police.

In light of this Open Doors is now also requesting that the Malaysian Home Minister protect the whistleblower so he can testify truthfully without fear of retribution. We are also seeking for the appointment of an external, independent, and impartial investigator who has full access to all police files and the authority to compel testimony. 

SPEAK OUT

If you haven’t already, please speak out for Pastor Koh by signing a letter addressed to the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Malaysian Minister for Home Affairs, which urges them to expose the truth about the abductions and secure the release of all four missing persons. 

PLEASE PRAY

  • Thank God for the positive meeting with the Malaysian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN
  • For protection on the whistleblower, that he will have to confidence to testify and that there will be no backlash for him
  • For wisdom for the new Malaysian government and its response to these appeals
  • That God would strengthen and protect Pastor Koh, Amri Che Mat, Pastor Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu as they wait to be released.
     

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