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'Missing' Chong returns, claims taken when looking for Pastor Koh

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Former Petaling Jaya City Council member Peter Chong has returned to Malaysia, according to the police.

At about 1pm today, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today tweeted photos of Chong, in what appeared to be the KL International Airport.

"Congratulations @PDRMsia Kuala Lumpur. 'Missing' Peter Chong is back from Pattaya, this afternoon," said Khalid, without providing further details.

Chong was reportedly missing since April 5. The police later established that he rode a bus to Thailand and was not abducted.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh today said Chong was traveling to Hatyai to meet someone who claimed to have information on the disappearance of the pastor, Raymond Koh, who was abducted in on Feb 13, the Malay Mail Online reported.

Amar said Chong claimed he was abducted in Hatyai and brought to Pattaya.

He called his son who bought him a return ticket, Amar is quoted as saying.

Some media outlets theorised that Chong may have been facing financial difficulties.

Missing individuals

Prior to Chong's disappearance, he had written on Facebook about his encounter with a mysterious stranger who gave him a very cryptic warning about people going missing.

Malaysiakini is attempting to contact Chong and his family members.

Chong's disappearance had sparked fear of systematic abductions of activists, after the disappearance of Koh, a man called Joshua Hilmy who is reportedly also a pastor, Joshua's wife Ruth and another Perlis-based forex trader Amri Che Mat in the span of less than six months.

Amri, whose wife says is active in charity work, there were parked motorcycles and cars with their headlights on and people inside near their house on the night of Nov 24 when her husband left at about 11.30pm.

Amri's car was found abandoned some 20 km away.

Leaked CCTV footage of Koh's abduction shows the pastor's vehicle was blocked by several others on a busy Petaling Jaya highway, before he was taken within seconds.

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