“Our Lenten theme Ignite Hope, is a call to be…
In his message dated 2 Feb 2018, Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Julian Leow, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), urges continued prayer for Pastor Raymond Koh and other missing persons in Malaysia. Below is the full text of his message:
As we approach the first anniversary of the violent abduction of
Pastor Raymond Koh from the streets of Petaling Jaya on 13 February
2017, the Christian Federation of Malaysia urges churches and
Christians to continue to look to God in prayer and to seek a closure
to this dastardly act on a servant of God.
Let us in the coming days go before Almighty God to make
intercession before Him that Pastor Raymond Koh may be found and
be reunited with his family. Let us remember his beloved wife
Susanna and his dear children Jonathan, Esther and Elizabeth in our
prayers. That they be given great endurance and patience, be filled
with the love of God and the peace which transcends all human
understanding and find strength in their joy in the Lord is our fervent
We call on the authorities to complete with all urgency and diligence,
all investigations into finding Pastor Raymond Koh and also Amri
Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu.
Hopes that investigations by the authorities could be assisted by facts
established by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
(Suhakam) upon the conclusion of their inquiry into the abduction of
Pastor Raymond Koh were dashed when the inquiry into his
disappearance was brought to an abrupt halt once Suhakam was
informed that a person had been charged for criminal kidnapping and
abduction. Not being accompanied by any information as to the
whereabouts of Pastor Raymond Koh, the arrest did not however
alleviate the anxieties of many with regard to his well-being.
We remain nonetheless hopeful that as it continues to probe the
disappearances of Amri Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and his wife
Ruth, Suhakam will be able to elicit facts to assuage the fears and
concerns of many Malaysians struggling to understand how and why
fellow Malaysians can suddenly disappear and not be found for such
extended periods of time.
Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim,
Chairman and the Executive Committee,
The Christian Federation of Malaysia.