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Last night, I joined hundreds of peace loving Malaysians as we gathered in Shah Alam in solidarity with Pastor Raymond Koh’s family.

I was very encouraged to see the presence of Muslim leaders at the vigil especially Mat Sabu, Dato’ Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Dr. Haji Dzulkefly bin Ahmad. And I met a young Muslim girl who came all the way from Kota Bharu to show her support last night. His abduction has truly shocked many Malaysians. The setting was in urban Kelana Jaya, in broad daylight, in front of houses and surrounded by the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong highway (with possible CCTVs).

I am disappointed with the multiple roadblocks last night at the peaceful candlelight vigil, with very heavy police presence creating unnecessary confusion. There were no provocative or political speeches. Only a simple speech by Pastor Raymond’s wife thanking everyone and urging everyone to keep praying for his safety.

I work in Shah Alam just a mere 100metres away from the vigil site and I am used to seeing provocative protests led by the infamous Jamal. The difference in surveillance between a quiet peaceful candlelight vigil and multiple provocative protests in the same vicinity is glaring to say the least.

I urge the Home Ministry and the Inspector-General of Police to deploy sufficient resources to resolve this mysterious abduction, not just for the sanity of Pastor Raymond’s family but also for the comfort of many anxious Malaysians.

Hannah Yeoh
Vice Chairman of DAP Selangor
ADUN Subang Jaya