To: Zulhasnan Rafique, Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States
I am writing to express my deep concern over the abductions of Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, and Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, and urge you to take concrete and immediate steps to ensure enforcement of the rule of law and justice be handed down for them.
The military-precision of both Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh’s abduction, the latter of which was caught on CCTV footage, implies a coordinated attack by trained individuals. It has long been suspected that the Malaysian police were complicit in the abductions of and knew the whereabouts of these four missing individuals.
These cases have now become a matter of massive public interest, both in and out of Malaysia. The world is watching to see whether Malaysia will show itself as a leader in freedom and justice, or continue down the path of corruption. Concerned Malaysians are also asking why the police were less than forthcoming in helping the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) uncover the truth, instead appearing to take active steps to interfere with its processes.
We therefore urge you to take immediate measures to ensure that the rule of law apply to all citizens, regardless of their faith. We respectfully ask that all levels of the Malaysian Government cooperate fully with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into the abductions, turning over all evidence of police activity in the abductions.
Additionally, we ask that you set up an independent and impartial investigation into allegations of police complicity in these abductions; and, should any wrongdoing be found, to ensure swift justice for these families. Finally, we ask that you throw the entire weight of the Malaysian Government behind locating and returning Pastor Koh and the other abducted individuals to their families.
I appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.