PUTRAJAYA: Former High Court judge Datuk Abdul Rahim Uda has been appointed head of a six-member task force to probe the alleged involvement of Special Branch members in the “enforced disappearance” of activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh.
Other members of the task force are former police legal division chief Datuk Moktar Mohd Noor, Integrity and Standards Compliance Department director Datuk Zamri Yahya, Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) operations director Datuk Muhammad Bukhari Ab Hamid, Attorney-General’s Chambers prosecuting division officer Mohd Sopian Zakaria and Police Commission (SPP) secretary Mohd Russaini Idrus.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the findings by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) in April that there was direct involvement of the police in the disappearances of the duo had caused worries and concerns among the public.
“The report by Suhakam had caused negative perception. This is also not fair to the police force. The ministry views Suhakam's report as serious and needs further study. And that's why the government (through the task force) must study the report, so it will be fair to all,” he told a press conference called to name the task force members.
Muhyiddin said the task force had been given six months to complete a report on their findings.
“However, since there is an ongoing court case on Pastor Koh, where a person has been charged, the task force will investigate Amri's case first.
“Let the court proceedings end on Pastor Koh's case, only then the task force will take on the case to investigate. If not, it will become sub judice,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the task force would mainly look into allegations of police involvement in the “enforced disappearances” of Koh and Amri.
“But beyond that, we would also like to find the truth of the whole thing,” he said.
In April, Suhakam had announced the findings of public inquiries it held into the disappearances of the two men.
It had said the inquiries had revealed “direct and circumstantial evidence which proved, on balance of probabilities”, that Koh and Amri were abducted by SB members from federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
In 2016, Amri, the co-founder of non-governmental organisation Perlis Hope, went out in his vehicle from his home in Kangar about 11.30pm. His vehicle was later found at a construction site in the early hours of the following day.
Koh went missing in 2017 after he was abducted by a group of men while on his way to a friend’s house in Petaling Jaya.