Family of kidnapped pastor offers $3k reward

Mr Koh was abducted by masked men last Monday.
Mr Koh was abducted by masked men last Monday.

PETALING JAYA • The family of a missing Malaysian church pastor who was abducted in broad daylight in Petaling Jaya last Monday has offered a RM10,000 (S$3,200) reward in a desperate bid for his safe return, The Star reported.

According to closed-circuit television footage and witnesses, Mr Raymond Koh Keng Joo was taken by at least five masked men after his car was blocked by three black sport utility vehicles in Jalan Bahagia in Selangor's Petaling Jaya between 10.30am and 10.45am.

The 62-year-old, who is well known among the Christian community in Petaling Jaya, was driving alone in his Honda Accord at the time of the incident.

Mr Koh's wife, Ms Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, made the announcement of the reward on Saturday. She said the last time she saw her husband was when she was babysitting at a friend's home in Puncak Damansara condominium in Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya, at about 10am on Monday. She said her husband was heading to Kelana Jaya to deliver belacan (shrimp paste) to their friend who was going back to Indonesia, but never made it.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat confirmed Mr Koh's abduction on Tuesday. Police are investigating the case.

According to CCTV footage, at least three black SUVs stopped in the middle of the road at the time of the incident. Mr Koh's abduction was not properly captured by the camera, but the shuffling of feet can be seen, with two SUVs seen moving away, followed by a light-coloured car believed to be Mr Koh's. The third SUV was later seen trailing them.

Ms Liew, 61, believes the people who kidnapped her husband were "no ordinary abductors". "The abductors were masked. The abduction was professionally executed and it took less than 60 seconds (as shown by CCTV footage)," she said.

No ransom demand has been made so far and his car remains missing.

Mr Koh was involved in church charity and community work with a group called Harapan Komuniti, which he founded more than 10 years ago. In 2011, the group was accused by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department of preaching Christianity to Muslims.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2017, with the headline 'Family of kidnapped pastor offers $3k reward'. Print Edition | Subscribe