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Police roadblocks at missing pastor’s vigil disappointing

Hannah Yeoh  |  Published:  |  Modified:

ADUN SPEAKS Last night, I joined hundreds of peace loving Malaysians as we gathered in Shah Alam in solidarity with the family of missing pastor Raymond Koh.

I was very encouraged to see the presence of Muslim leaders at the vigil, especially Amanah leaders Mohamad Sabu, Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Dzulkefly Ahmad. And I met a young Muslim girl who came all the way from Kota Baru to show her support last night.

Koh's abduction has truly shocked many Malaysians. The setting (of his abduction) was in urban Kelana Jaya, in broad daylight, in front of houses and surrounded by the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong highway (with possible CCTVs).

I am disappointed with the multiple roadblocks last night at the peaceful candlelight vigil, with very heavy police presence creating unnecessary confusion. There were no provocative or political speeches. Only a simple speech by pastor Raymond's wife thanking everyone and urging everyone to keep praying for his safety.

I work in Shah Alam, just a mere 100 metres away from the vigil site, and I am used to seeing provocative protests led by the infamous Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos. The difference in surveillance between a quiet peaceful candlelight vigil and multiple provocative protests in the same vicinity is glaring, to say the least.

I urge the Home Ministry and the inspector-general of police to deploy sufficient resources to resolve this mysterious abduction, not just for the sanity of pastor Raymond's family, but also for the comfort of many anxious Malaysians.

HANNAH YEOH is Selangor DAP vice-chairperson and Subang Jaya assemblyperson.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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