Jais says it never probed Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti

Dur­ing raid on church, I did not meet Pas­tor Koh, says of­fi­cer

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: Non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti was not in­ves­ti­gated by the Se­lan­gor Is­lamic Re­li­gious Depart­ment (Jais), an in­quiry heard.

“We to­tally did not in­ves­ti­gate Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti. Not at all,” its Is­lamic af­fairs en­force­ment man­age­ment of­fi­cer Zaaba Zakaria said.

“Dur­ing the raid, I did not meet (Pas­tor Ray­mond Koh) and I did not know him,” he told a pub­lic in­quiry by the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia into the dis­ap­pear­ance of Pas­tor Koh, Perlis ac­tivist Amri Che Mat, Pas­tor Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Sitepu.

Zaaba was re­fer­ring to the raid on the Da­mansara Utama Methodist Church in 2011 by Jais.

He said he was not aware (at the time) who the or­gan­iser of the thanks­giv­ing and fundrais­ing event was, and only found out through me­dia re­ports that it was Hara­pan Ko­mu­niti.

Re­count­ing the raid, Zaaba said Jais had re­ceived a pub­lic com­plaint about the thanks­giv­ing din­ner, which was why it raided the church.

“We re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that there were Mus­lims at the event. I saw the sign­board that it was a thanks­giv­ing din­ner,” he said.

He said no ar­rests were made dur­ing the raid and no items were seized.

How­ever, he said, the per­sonal de­tails of 12 Mus­lims who were in the church at the time were recorded.

Also, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the Koh fam­ily at the in­quiry ques­tioned the cred­i­bil­ity of Peter Chong’s state­ment.

Chong, a for­mer Petaling Jaya coun­cil­lor, had re­lated why he went to Hatyai, Thai­land, on April 6 to look for an­swers to Koh’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

He had spo­ken about ex­chang­ing two to three hours of text mes­sages with a man who had iden­ti­fied him­self only as Amir and claimed that he had in­for­ma­tion on the pas­tor.

Chong said that while he was be­ing held against his will over there by two men who spoke with a north­ern Malaysian ac­cent, he re­alised that those men also knew about the dis­ap­pear­ance of Amri, Joshua and Ruth.

Asked by the lawyers how the men could have known about the other miss­ing peo­ple, Chong said they prob­a­bly knew from posters of the can­dle­light vig­ils that had been held.

But the lawyers said that this could not be pos­si­ble be­cause the vig­ils were on April 8 while Chong was held on April 6.

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