KUALA LUMPUR – March 3, 2017: Police will act against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) issuing statements over the abduction of a pastor by insinuating that it was religiously or racially motivated.
According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, those who do so will be charged under the Sedition Act.
“I warn the NGOs not to incite the public’s feelings by making various assumptions on the loss of pastor Raymond Koh.
“We are closely monitoring the speeches or statements in social media which can cause public unrest and we will not hesitate to take action (against the NGOs),” he wrote in a WhatsApp message to The Mole.
Previously, Khalid had asked the public not to speculate on the case.
Koh, 62, was abducted by a group of masked men on Feb 13 in Petaling Jaya.
Based on CCTV recordings obtained by his next-of-kin, his car was seen surrounded by several vehicles carrying the suspected abductors. Koh was driving a silver Honda Accord bearing the number ST 5515 D.
The abduction has raised concerns among religious and human rights NGOs. They commented that Koh’s disappearance could indicate the escalation of violence against people of faith.
Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism in a statement yesterday said it may lead to negative repercussions on inter-faith goodwill.
Council of Churches Malaysia general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri viewed that greater speculations may prevail among local and international human rights bodies if the case is not resolved promptly.
Khalid reiterated that the police has formed a special task force to investigate the case. It is led by Selangor criminal investigation chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat. As of Feb 22, the team had recorded statements from eight witnesses.