Uber driver claims trial to extorting RM30k from family of missing Pastor Koh

Shanti Gunaratnam

PETALING JAYA: A part-time Uber driver today claimed trial at the magistrate's court to extorting RM30,000 from the son of missing Pastor Raymond Koh.

Lam Chang Nam, 31, was accused of committing the offence at Paradigm Mall, Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya near here at 9.46pm on March 6.

He is alleged to have extorted the money from Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, 33, under the pretext of securing the pastor's safe release.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul IIyani Mohd Tamam did not offer bail as it is a non-bailable offence and if given bail, would open up the possibility of witness tampering as the case is a matter of public interest.

Counsel Datin Rajpreet Kaur, in seeking bail for her client, told the court that Lam was an only child and his mother works as a clerk.

"His mother is a single parent and she doesn't have anyone else for her. The mother will ensure his presence in court.

"The court can also impose additional bail conditions by getting him to surrender his passport to the court."

Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim did not offer bail and set April 24 for document submission and mention.

Koh, 62, is believed to have been abducted by masked men at Jalan SS4B/10 on the morning of Feb 13.

A video of Koh’s alleged abduction surfaced soon after and went viral on social media.

The video allegedly shows Koh’s abduction by 15 men in seven vehicles in just under a minute, in what appeared to be a well-planned and professionally-executed operation.

Police have set up a special task force to investigate the abduction.