Kidnapped pastor's family confident police doing all they can

Beatrice Nita Jay

KUALA LUMPUR: The family of kidnapped pastor Raymond Koh are assured that police are treating the case with the utmost urgency and are thankful for all the support they have received.

Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, in a statement today said her meeting with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup and Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat had reassured her of the authorities’ work.

“On Monday, my son, Jonathan and I met informally with Tan Sri Joseph Kurup and he expressed his deep concern about my husband’s abduction and sympathy for us as a family at this private, informal meeting. He asked us to have full confidence in police and to cooperate with police for the investigation,” she said.

Liew met Fadzil, who is leading the special task force which was set up last month to investigate the case, at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters on the same day.

“His team briefed me on their investigations to date. I left this meeting feeling more reassured that police are doing their best to find my husband, even if there are no significant leads yet.

“I am assured that police regard this as a priority case, and have dedicated many officers to work in the task force,” she said.

She also asked the public to give the police space to conduct their work without undue speculation and unverified allegations.

“Instead, I would like to ask you to include in your prayers an appeal for God’s help and guidance for our police in their investigations, so that truth and justice will prevail quickly.

“In this difficult time, I find solace in the solidarity and support Malaysians have given us as a family. May your continued prayers strengthen our resolve to stay true to faith, hope and love, despite the challenges,” she said.

Koh was abducted in broad daylight by a few masked men in a well-executed operation which involved three heavy vehicles, two cars and two motorcycles.

To date, no ransom has been demanded nor any leads obtained despite the family offering a large reward for any information leading to his release.