Pastor Koh never encouraged preaching: Wife (Updated)

20 Oct 2017 / 18:28 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Harapan Komuniti, a welfare organisation run by the missing Pastor Raymond Koh, has strict guidelines on its volunteers against preaching about religion to the groups they are assisting.
Koh's wife, Susanna Liew, who appeared as a witness at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia's (Suhakam) inquiry today, said the organisation was established to undertake charity work for the underprivileged groups.
Liew said it was Koh himself that kept giving out oral reminders to the volunteers at the organisation to refrain from preaching about religion while conducting their activities.
She added those who had received assistance from the organisation includes people of different faiths and races.
"Raymond (Koh) specifically informed the volunteers not to preach. In our orientation for volunteers, we told them that we cannot talk about religion," she said.
"As far as we know, there are no complaints. So I presumed there was no preaching as we have not received any complaints," she told the three-panel inquiry, chaired by chaired by Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai.
Commissioners Prof Datuk Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Salleh also sat as the panellists at the inquiry held on the disappearance of Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Joshua and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.
On the morning of Feb 13, the 62-year-old Koh was abducted by a group of masked men less than 100m from a police housing complex in SS4, Kelana Jaya.
Video footage from CCTVs in the area showed seven vehicles, including three black four-wheel drive vehicles, forcing his car to a stop in the middle of the road.
The drivers then used their vehicles to box in Koh's car and prevent him from driving off.
Less than a minute later, Koh is apparently overpowered and his car bearing registration plate ST5515D is seen being driven away, with the other abductors following hurriedly.
Liew said she was presented with pictures of three vehicles, including one driven by Koh, by the police during a meeting at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters on March 6.
She added the two other vehicles were a black pick-up truck and a Toyota Unser, with the plate numbers of the two cars clearly visible in the pictures.
"We asked whether the police have traced the car since they could get plate numbers of those cars ... They said those were fake numbers. There were no records. No such number in car registration records," she said.
Liew said her family had become a subject of harassments and threats after a multi-racial charity organised by Koh in 2011 at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church were raided by Selangor religious authorities on Aug 3, 2011.
She added her family had even received a threatening package of two bullets and an anonymous letter written in red paint to her house after the raid.
She also said both her and Koh had been stopped by the immigration at the country's entry points multiple times for questioning for several months after the raid was conducted.
"They basically make us wait ... Just delaying us. It was stressful at times as we had flights to take," she added.
Pressured by the situation, Liew said she had even at a time considering migrating to Australia.
"But, my husband loves this country and he wanted to stay in Malaysia," she said in an emotional tone.

The second day of the inquiry on the missing pastor and three others will recommence at 2.30pm today.

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