‘I MISS COM­FORT

Wife shares her an­guish, thanks pub­lic for sup­port and prayers

New Straits Times - - News -

BEATRICE NITA JAY KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IN a heart-wrench­ing state­ment, Su­sanna Liew, the wife of miss­ing pas­tor Ray­mond Koh Keng Joo, thanked the pub­lic for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port and prayers.

She said the show of sym­pa­thy and sol­i­dar­ity had made the fam­ily strong as they did not feel alone and aban­doned.

Liew said the ab­sence of her hus­band had been greatly felt.

Koh was ab­ducted from his car by a group of men in Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor, on Feb 13.

Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era footage, be­lieved to be of the in­ci­dent, had shown men in three black sports util­ity ve­hi­cles in­volved in the ab­duc­tion.

“My hus­band has been miss­ing from my life for 35 days now. This is the first time since we got mar­ried that I have been this long with­out his com­pan­ion­ship, his ad­vice, his love, his help and his coun­sel.

“Most of all, I miss the calm com­fort of his pres­ence and part­ner­ship. I lost my mother two days ago, and bade farewell to her this morn­ing at her fu­neral.

“This week­end, I feel Ray­mond’s ab­sence so acutely that it is a strug­gle to stand here and ad­dress you,” she said in a state­ment re­leased two days ago.

She urged the pub­lic not to suc­cumb to de­spair and hate, as the rea­son that had brought all of them to­gether had been that of peace, love and hope.

Liew said Koh’s ab­duc­tion was un­prece­dented in Malaysia.

“Un­til he was ab­ducted in this shock­ingly bold and pro­fes­sion­ally ‘ex­pert’ fash­ion, we have never seen this kind of crim­i­nal vi­o­lence against a man of faith, known for his char­ity work.

“This is why so many Malaysians gath­ered at can­dle­light vig­ils to pray for his safe re­turn and for jus­tice to pre­vail against those re­spon­si­ble.”

Two days ago, a can­dle­light vigil was held in Ke­lana Jaya and some 200 peo­ple at­tended. It was the sec­ond vigil held for Koh’s re­lease and safe re­turn.

Liew said Koh left his re­li­gious min­istry as a pas­tor to fo­cus on a sec­u­lar char­ity work called Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti be­cause he felt a deep sense of obli­ga­tion to help the poor.

She de­scribed him as the root of Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti’s be­gin­nings, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ported his stand of never dis­crim­i­nat­ing who should or should not re­ceive as­sis­tance and sup­port.

“While he is highly prin­ci­pled, he has al­ways been gen­er­ous and sus­pects, com­pris­ing 12 Malaysians and six In­done­sians.

“The sus­pects were ar­rested in Jo­hor Baru and Batam. non-con­fronta­tional when it comes to deal­ing with crit­i­cism or at­tacks from oth­ers.

“His ap­proach has al­ways been for peace­ful dia­logue and shar­ing.”

“The fam­ily of the vic­tim was co­op­er­a­tive and we man­aged to keep ev­ery­thing un­der the me­dia’s radar.”

PIC BY SHAZREEN ZAMZURI

Su­sanna Liew, wife of miss­ing pas­tor Ray­mond Koh, thanks the pub­lic for their sup­port and prayers at a can­dle­light vigil in Shah Alam re­cently.

TAJUDDIN PIC BY ZULKARNAIN AH­MAD

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (sec­ond from left) in a dis­cus­sion with Bukit Aman Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh (sec­ond from right) at the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Up­grad­ing meet­ing with Jo­hor po­lice de­part­ments in Se­nai yes­ter­day.

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