'Missing' activist Peter Chong now in Thailand, says IGP

TEOH PEI YING


KUALA LUMPUR: Peter Chong, the former Petaling Jaya councillor, had crossed the Bukit Kayu Hitam border to Thailand on the day he was said to have gone missing.


Police today confirmed that immigration records and photos showed him crossing the border at 6.30am on Apr 7.


"We have immigration records and photos of him leaving the country. There is no record showing that he has returned to the country," said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.


He was speaking to reporters after attending the police monthly assembly hosted by the Criminal Investigation Department.


Khalid said police are working with its Thai counterparts to investigate Chong's motive for leaving.


"We do not know what was his intention in showing as if he was abducted. But if his motive was to create panic in the country, police will take action against him.


"I hope he will contact his family to inform them of his condition."


Khalid also clarified that police only investigated one out of five activists who were said to have been abducted, under Section 365 for kidnapping.


"Only the Raymond Koh case is being investigated under abduction. The other four, including Chong, were classified as missing person cases as there was no proof that they were abducted," he said, adding there is no update on Koh's disappearance.


Koh, 62, was abducted after a group of men stopped his silver Honda Accord along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya.


CCTV footage of Koh’s abduction went viral on social media, showing a professionally executed abduction involving more than 10 men in three black SUVs.


Before Khalid's statement, questions had been raised on Chong's disappearance as well. Chong had also posted a cryptic message on his Facebook page shortly before his disappearance.