IGP: Police checking with Pattaya counterparts on Peter Chong's abduction claim

TEOH PEI YING


KUALA LUMPUR: Police are now checking with their counterparts in Pattaya on Peter Chong’s claim that he was abducted in Thailand.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said they are waiting for feedback from Pattaya police.

“If we have proof that his (Chong) intention was to create panic, he will face the consequences.

“We want to know what is his reason for leaving to Thailand without notifying his family members.

“He has wasted police resources and time,” he told reporters this after attending the senior officers’ rank-pinning and 2016 Police Excellence Service at Bukit Aman, today.

Hatyai police have yesterday said they have not received any report on the activist, who claimed he was kidnapped in Hatyai and later taken to Pattaya.

Khalid also refuted claims that Chong’s disappearance is linked to Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction as well as two other cases of which a pastor, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, and Perlis-based activist, Amri Che Mat, have been reported missing.

“Police are still investigating the other three cases (Joshua, Ruth and Amri), classified under missing persons.”

Chong has re-emerged on Sunday after he was reported 'missing' for about two weeks.

He had told police that he was abducted in Hatyai and was brought to Pattaya by a source who had information on Koh.

He then claimed he was released in coastal holiday city and had sought help from the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok to arrange for his flight back.