Monday, June 25, 2018

Day 26: Tabung Harapan Malaysia Crosses RM100 Million Mark

Today is Day 26 and Tabung Harapan Malaysia has crossed the RM100 million mark. RM108.2 million to be precise. 

Syabas, Malaysians for your overwhelming generosity!

The candlelight vigil held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on June 24, 2018. Image credit: Webpage

FMT, June 24, 2018

Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance, an NGO formed in the wake of the mysterious disappearances of activists hope that the Pakatan Harapan government will revive efforts to find missing Pastor Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Sitepu. 

Some 60 people had gathered at KL’s Dataran Merdeka on June 24, 2018 to hold a vigil seeking justice for the missing persons. 

Susanna Liew and Norhayati Ariffin, the wives of Koh and Amri, stood hand in hand consoling each other, as they appealed for their husbands’ return. Both repeated their pleas to the public – saying all they have received so far is 'silence'.

“Return our husbands to us!” they cried out, standing in one corner of the iconic square. 

“Give our children their fathers back!” said Norhayati.

Liew thanked those who came – and repeated her plea for information on her husband’s mysterious abduction in broad daylight in Petaling Jaya on February 13 last year. CCTV footage, believed to be of the incident, showed at least 15 men in balaclavas who came in three black SUVs blocking Koh’s car. He has not been seen since. 

In Amri’s case, a witness had testified that he saw Amri being abducted by men in four vehicles that looked like pick-up trucks in Kangar, Perlis, on November 24, 2016.

An inquiry into their disappearance convened by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has heard of attempts to silence Amri for professing Shia Islam, the school of thought frowned upon by Islamic authorities in Malaysia. 

Witnesses also spoke of the role of senior police officer Awaluddin Jalid, naming him a suspect in Amri’s disappearance. 

Koh, on the other hand, had been accused of proselytising to Muslims – a charge denied by Liew. 

Thomas Fann, spokesperson for CAGED urged the government to reform the police force – and adding that a task force outside of the force must be formed to investigate the disappearances. 

“I am not saying all (police) are bad. There are so many more who are good and we thank God for them but there are, among them, bad apples who abuse power and give the force a bad name”, he said. 

The police should not become a force unto themselves! It's time for the Home Minister to rein in the police!

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