Pub­lic­ity hin­ders search, says IGP

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: Pub­lic­ity in the me­dia and other pub­lic­ity events have hin­dered the process of find­ing miss­ing pas­tor Ray­mond Koh Keng Joo.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said while no new leads were found in the case, spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing Koh’s ab­duc­tion had had an ad­verse ef­fect on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I have so many times ad­vised the pub­lic that cases re­lated to kid­nap­ping for ran­som should not be greatly pub­li­cised as it would put the vic­tims in harm’s way and hin­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“For those who pub­li­cised such cases, shut your mouth,” he said af­ter chair­ing the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Up­grad­ing meet­ing with Jo­hor po­lice de­part­ments in Se­nai yes­ter­day.

He said pub­lic­ity in the me­dia, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who wanted to high­light the case had in­ter­fered with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Pub­lic­ity, such as the can­dle­light vigil, is a hin­drance,” he said.

Khalid said the case had come up to al­most 34 days, but po­lice have not come close to find­ing him.

Koh was ab­ducted from his car by a group of men in Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor on Feb 13.

Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era footage, be­lieved to be of the in­ci­dent, had shown at least 15 men in three black sports util­ity ve­hi­cles in­volved in the ab­duc­tion.

He said a 32-year-old sus­pect, who was ar­rested on March 9 in Am­pang to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions turned out to be an op­por­tunist who was un­re­lated to the al­leged ab­duc­tion.

“The man had wanted to fleece the Koh fam­ily of money since the news of the pas­tor’s dis­ap­pear­ance be­came pub­lic,” said Khalid.

On a sep­a­rate case, Khalid said a 44-year-old house­wife was ab­ducted and held cap­tive for 27 days be­fore po­lice res­cued her.

The woman, who is mar­ried to a busi­ness­man from Ku­lai, Jo­hor, was ab­ducted from her home on Feb 21 and taken to Batam, In­done­sia, where she was kept in a barn­house.

Khalid said the ab­duc­tors con­tacted the fam­ily for ran­som two weeks af­ter she went miss­ing.

He said the suc­cess of the rescue was due to the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Malaysian and In­done­sian po­lice, who de­tained 18

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