Pastor Kidnapped In Malaysia: Two Months Of Silence

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Please pray for missing Pastor Raymond Koh, and his family in Malaysia. Easter week marked the second month of utter silence following the professionally executed abduction of the 62-year-old pastor and charity worker in broad daylight on Feb. 13.

Despite a police investigation, no leads have surfaced in the disappearance. In fact, Pastor Koh is now among a growing list of other social activists who have been reported missing since last November, including Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth (both believers), and Amri Che Mat, a Muslim suspected of spreading Shia Islam, which is banned by religious authorities.

Media news on the disappearances continue to circulate both locally and internationally, with the most recent piece featured by BBC Asia on Apr. 12. Sources have mentioned Pastor Raymond’s evangelistic activities to Malay Muslims, which is considered a crime in this Islamic country. “His alleged proselytism is not an excuse for kidnapping. If he did anything wrong, he should have the right as any citizen to trial,” says Pastor Raymond’s son, Jonathan, as quoted by the BBC.

Perhaps the most striking finding reported by the news agency was that in the absence of concrete information surrounding the vanishings, some people have begun to speculate that “the authorities may have had a hand in all this,” an example of what they call “forced disappearances—a term which usually refers to state-sponsored abductions.”

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