The wives of the abducted Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh and Muslim social activist Amri Che Mat have written an open letter to the country’s prime minister, asking for an immediate and independent investigation into the disappearance of their husbands.
You can speak out for them too – email the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK.
In their letter to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, published in the MalayMail on 12 June, they also asked for a ‘safe space for whistle-blowers to come forward with knowledge about our husbands’ abductions’, after a sergeant thought to be willing to testify about police involvement abruptly denied ever making the claim.
Sgt. Shamzaini Mohd Daud was said to have told Norhayati Mohd Afriffin, Amri Che Mat’s wife, that the abduction of her husband was done with the knowledge of ‘some very senior police officers’.
But he denied ever making the claim, just a day before he was due to give testimony to the inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) into the disappearances of Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh, as well as another Christian couple, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu. The inquiry was then postponed.
In their letter, Susanna Liew, wife of Pastor Raymond Koh, and Norhayati Mohd Afriffin, wife of Amri Che Mat, wrote: “We have not seen any effort by the government to ensure that this explosive disclosure is investigated by an independent team. Worse, it appears that PDRM Perlis, whose officers are implicated in these allegations, is in charge of the investigations.
“Please help us find out what happened to our husbands, who took them and where they are now. We want them back with us. We beg for justice. We plead for the truth,” they added.
Speak out for Raymond Koh – email the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK.
Prayer vigil for the missing
The families of the missing will be holding a prayer vigil on 24 June in Kuala Lumpur. Raymond Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, has asked us to pray with them. She says:
- “Pray for fine weather on the day of the prayer vigil and for a good attendance
- “Pray that our message will be heard in the heavenlies and by those in earthly authority, that we want to see the abducted released and the culprits brought to justice
- “Pray that the new government will act on the cases of disappearance with urgency
- “Pray for truth and justice to prevail.”
Persecution in Malaysia
Malaysia is number 23 on the Open Doors 2018 World Watch List. Ethnic Malays are considered to be Muslims, and the constitution prevents Malays from converting to other religions. Non-Malay people, which includes most Christians, are treated as second class citizens. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face fierce persecution, but some are accepted by their families and lead them to Christ.
Open Doors supports persecuted believers in south east Asia through prayer support, advocacy and awareness.