Missing pastor received bullet at home six years ago

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A close friend of missing pastor Raymond Koh has revealed that the latter received a bullet that was sent to his home, six years ago.

The friend, who declined to be named, said Koh had lodged a police report over the death threat.

Koh’s friend, who is director of NGO Harapan Komuniti, said the incident occurred after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) conducted a raid on a thanksgiving and fund-raising dinner organised by the group at a church in Petaling Jaya in 2011, The Star reported.

“There have been no other death threats since and I don’t know who would want to abduct or hurt him,” the 56-year-old said when contacted.

Koh, he added, had set up Harapan Komuniti in 2004 to help single mothers, drug addicts and those with HIV/ AIDS.

The community centre in Taman Sri Manja also served as a place for children to learn English, have free tuition or do their homework.

An employee at Harapan Komuniti’s centre, who also requested anonymity, said she last saw “Uncle Koh” on Feb 7.

She said even parents of the children who came for tuition classes on weekends were concerned about Koh’s well-being.

Lawyer Annou Xavier, who represented Harapan Komuniti during the Jais raid in 2011, was called in by the police to help with the investigations.

Annou said his statement was recorded. He also confirmed that others connected to the NGO also had their statements recorded.

“Police are trying to get as much information as possible for some leads,” he said.

Police have since formed a special task force to investigate the case relating to the missing pastor.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said the task force is headed by Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat.

The pastor was believed to have been abducted by several individuals while driving alone on Jalan Bahagia, Petaling Jaya, on Feb 14.

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