“I have hope that he is still alive… Even if he’s not alive, I believe that he’s where God is – and he will always be my hero,” says Susannah Koh.
Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted in 2017. A Human Rights Commission concluded that members of the Special Branch of the police were involved, but Pastor Koh is still missing.
In a video interview with Open Doors his wife, Susannah Koh, has called for action. “Please continue to support us by speaking out for the truth and for justice to be done,” she says.
Pastor Koh has been missing since 13 February 2017 when his car was surrounded by three vehicles while he was driving along. He was forced out of his car, into another vehicle and taken away. His car was also stolen and has not yet been found. Footage caught on CCTV cameras shows that at least 15 masked men wearing black took part in the operation.
A report carried out by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, SUHAKAM (Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia), concluded that his disappearance was executed by state agents.
Following that announcement, the Malaysian Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, announced that a special taskforce would investigate his abduction.
However, there has been widespread criticism of the makeup of the taskforce, which is made up of former and currently serving police officers, one of whom participated in the SUHAKAM hearing.
‘Like a rollercoaster’
Susannah Koh, said, “Our life has been like a roller coaster. One day up and another day down. It was up when the Home Minister announced the setting up of the special task force. It went down when the names of its members were revealed.”
Not only that but the task force has delayed the start of their investigation because of an ongoing court hearing against Lam Chang Nam, who was previously accused of kidnapping Raymond Koh. “He was already exonerated by the police for kidnapping Raymond. This is the second time they have tried to halt the proceedings on Raymond’s case. They are using it again,” Susannah said.
She described her feelings like that of salt being rubbed into a wound. “It is unfair, it is unjustified,” she said, her voice cracking, with tears in her eyes.
The Koh family want justice. And they want closure. Please pray for them.
- That God will be close to Pastor Raymond, and that he will be found alive and returned to his family.
- That the government would listen to the concerns of Susannah and her family and investigate the issue speedily and fairly.
- For strength and protection for Susannah and the family, and for other Christians under threat in Malaysia.