Viral video shows Malaysian pastor's abduction took just under a minute

VIDEO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Pastor Raymond Koh, 62, was kidnapped on Feb 13, 2017.
Pastor Raymond Koh, 62, was kidnapped on Feb 13, 2017.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The abduction of Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo happened in just under a minute.

Footage of a viral video, supposedly of the abduction, showed at least seven vehicles - including two motorcycles - were involved in the operation.

Koh, 62, was abducted from his car while on his way to a friend's house in Kelana Jaya on Feb 13.

His family is offering a reward of RM100,000 (S$31,600) for information of his whereabouts.

"Seven vehicles and at least 15 men were involved in what appears to be a well-planned and professionally executed operation," proclaims the subtitles in the approximately three-minute-long grainy footage of the incident that occurred on Feb 13.

The video, which has since been handed over to the police, does not contain any audio and is believed to be CCTV security footage from houses near where the abduction took place in Kelana Jaya.

In the video, three black sport utility vehicles (SUVs) overtake and surround the silver car believed to be Koh's, forcing it to make a sudden stop along the street.

One SUV stops in front, one behind, and a third at its side. A fourth vehicle, a white sedan, stops behind the convoy of SUVs.

Several people run out from the SUVs and head for the silver car, while a man comes out of the white sedan and heads towards them.

It is unclear what happens next as the view of Koh's car is blocked by a tree, although the shuffling of feet can be seen before the door on the passenger side of his car is opened.

At the same time, two motorcycles are seen riding slowly past the convoy of vehicles.

After about 50 seconds, all the vehicles, including the silver car, are driven away.

The video claims that the two cars and two motorcycles seen trailing the convoy of SUVs are tasked with command, control and traffic diversion.

When a Perodua Myvi overtakes the last vehicle on the two-lane road, it is stopped by someone from the first car.

When it comes to a halt, someone from the second car goes in front of the Myvi and waves at it to back off.

The Myvi is seen reversing some 50 feet or more, with a motorcyclist following it before the car speeds off in the opposite direction.

The video also contains sped-up footage from another angle.

Meanwhile, a rumour has been circulating via WhatsApp saying that Pastor Raymond Koh was murdered and his body has been found.

Police dispelled the rumour, saying that they had not received any such news.